FORT WORTH, TX—Summer days are here at the Kimbell with a full slate of programs for art lovers of all ages to enjoy. Visitors are invited to enjoy film series in conjunction with the special exhibition The Language of Beauty in African Art and the upcoming focus exhibition SLAY: Artemisia Gentileschi & Kehinde Wiley, lounge and listen to live music at weekly Happy Hours in the Kimbell Café, and celebrate art and community with free exhibition admission, live performances and a sweet treat at the next Family Festival / Fiesta de la Familia.

The Kimbell will also be offering free admission to The Language of Beauty in African Art in honor of Juneteenth on June 19, 2022, noon to 5 p.m. Juneteenth, established as a national holiday in 2021 through the efforts of Fort Worth’s own Opal Lee, commemorates the day that news of the Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery reached Texas.

Dates and details are subject to change. Please visit kimbellart.org/calendar for up-to-date information.

FREE PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Public Tours

The Language of Beauty in African Art

Learn about the current special exhibition during docent-guided tours that provide historical context, discuss overarching themes and highlight individual artworks. Assisted Listening Devices (ALDs) are available upon request.

TUESDAYS–THURSDAYS, 3 p.m.

FRIDAYS, 6:30 p.m.

Piano Pavilion

No registration required

Space is limited.

Public Tours

Permanent Collection

Join a Kimbell docent for a highlights tour of the permanent collection. Assisted Listening Devices (ALDs) are available upon request.

WEDNESDAYS, 2 p.m.

SUNDAYS, 3 p.m.

Kahn Building

No registration required

Space is limited.

Public Tour

Architecture: Two Buildings, One Museum

Join a docent to explore the Kimbell’s two buildings, designed by architects Louis I. Kahn and Renzo Piano. Assisted Listening Devices (ALDs) are available upon request.

SATURDAYS, 2 p.m.

Kahn Building

No registration required

Space is limited.

The Language of Beauty: Second Saturdays

Join us for free afternoon events featuring guest artists from across the Metroplex’s thriving visual and performing arts scene. Hosted in conjunction with the special exhibition The Language of Beauty in African Art, each unique program will celebrate vibrant cultural traditions and diverse forms of expression from Africa and the African diaspora.

SELECTED SATURDAYS, 2 p.m.

Piano Pavilion

No registration required

JUNE 11

Amphibian Stage Tad-Poles Stilt Dancing Program: Inspired by West African Traditions

JULY 9

Kinfolk House Artist-Led Workshop

Film Series: Africa’s Great Civilizations

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., takes a new look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins of art, writing and civilization itself on the African continent through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their own rich civilizations but also the wider world. This free program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition The Language of Beauty in African Art.

SELECTED SUNDAYS, 2 p.m.

Pavilion Auditorium

No registration required

Seating is limited.

JUNE 12

Empires of Gold (2017, 60 min.)

JUNE 26

Cities (2017, 60 min.)

JULY 10

The Atlantic Age (2017, 60 min.)

JULY 24

Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations (2017, 60 min.)

Film Series: Revolutionary Painters across the Centuries: Gentileschi and Wiley

This pair of films is offered in conjunction with the focus exhibition SLAY: Artemisia Gentileschi & Kehinde Wiley.

SELECTED SUNDAYS, 2 p.m.

Pavilion Auditorium

No registration required

Seating is limited.

AUGUST 14

Michael Palin’s Quest for Artemisia (2015, 60 min.)

A recent documentary from the BBC explores the life of 17th-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Actor, writer and documentarian Michael Palin travels throughout Italy to unearth the artist’s finest paintings and the complex challenges she faced as a woman centuries ahead of her time. Against all odds, Gentileschi achieved success in a male-dominated world, and her work eventually became sought after in courts across Europe. Today, she is recognized as one of the greatest painters of the Baroque age and indeed one of the most important women painters in the history of art.

AUGUST 28

Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace (2014, 60 min.)

This intimate portrait of one of this generation’s most accomplished visionaries follows Kehinde Wiley as he embarks on a series of classical portraits of African American women whose poses are based on historical paintings. It documents the project as it unfolds—from concept to canvas and from casting models from the streets of New York to enlisting the fashion house Givenchy to create couture gowns for each woman.

DISCUSSIONS AND WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS

Wednesday Workshops

Spark your intellectual curiosity and creativity during afternoon programs that combine thematic gallery tours with hands-on art activities for adults of all ages. Sessions will focus on current special exhibitions or the permanent collection.

SELECTED WEDNESDAYS, 2 p.m.

Piano Pavilion, Education Studios

Registration required

JUNE 29

Weaving: Patterns and Their Meanings

AUGUST 10

Handmade: Between Utility and Whimsy

KID AND FAMILY PROGRAMS

Pictures and Pages / Fotos y Libros

Join us on YouTube for a theatrical story time presented in English and Spanish—just for kids!

SELECTED TUESDAYS, 11 a.m.

Online program (YouTube premiere)

Free; no registration required

JUNE 14

Grandad’s Camper, by Harry Woodgate

JULY 5

What Happened to You?, by James Catchpole; illustrated by Karen George 

AUGUST 2

American Desi, by Jyoti Rajan Gopal; illustrated by Supriya Kelkar 

Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studios

This free program introduces children (ages 12 and younger) and their adult companions to fun and inspiring ways to enjoy art through gallery explorations and related studio-art projects.

SELECTED SATURDAYS, 1 p.m.

Kahn Building, West Lobby

Free; check-in begins at noon

JUNE 11, 18 and 25

Tell Me a Story

JULY 9, 23 and 30

Animals in Art

AUGUST 6, 13, 20 and 27

Portrait Sketches

Family Festival / Fiesta de la Familia

Summer Art Party with Ice Cream Sunday / Fiesta de verano de arte con helado el domingo

Celebrate art and community during this free event that features live performances, art making, gallery explorations and more! Admission for special exhibitions is waived during Family Festivals. Special thanks to the Nuestro Kimbell committee for their support of our community programs. In addition to enjoying family activities, you can beat the summer heat with complimentary ice cream, while supplies last.

SUNDAY, JULY 17, noon–5 p.m.

Piano Pavilion

Free; no registration required

Visit Studio A

Studio A is open! Drop in anytime during regular museum hours to enjoy this colorful learning environment. Designed for ages 5 and younger.

Piano Pavilion, Education Studios

SCHOOL AND EDUCATOR PROGRAMS

Summer Institute for Teachers

The Language of Beauty in African Art

Daily sessions will feature staff-led presentations, gallery discussions and studio-art activities showcasing the variety of cultures, ideas and techniques represented in the museum’s special exhibition The Language of Beauty in African Art. Participants will create lesson plans to be shared on the last day. This program is open to all local educators but especially designed for studio art, language arts and social studies. Educators must register for all four days. CPE credits are available.

TUESDAY–FRIDAY, JUNE 21–24, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Piano Pavilion, Education Studios

Registration required

Space is limited.

MEMBER EVENTS

Members’ Exhibition Tours

The Language of Beauty in African Art

Learn about current special exhibitions during docent-guided tours that provide historical context, discuss overarching themes and highlight individual artworks. Members may invite one nonmember guest.

SATURDAYS, JUNE 25, JULY 23 and AUGUST 20, 2 p.m.

Piano Pavilion

Free; registration required

Space is limited.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Happy Hours

Enjoy live music and a selection of beverages and snacks available for purchase. Members receive a 10% discount on beverages during Happy Hours. Happy Hour music provided by Allegro Guitar Society.

FRIDAYS, 5–7 p.m.

Kahn Building, Kimbell Café

No reservations required

Juneteenth at the Kimbell

In celebration of Juneteenth, the Kimbell will offer free admission to the special exhibition The Language of Beauty in African Art on Sunday, June 19. Special thanks to the Nuestro Kimbell committee for their support of our community programs.

SUNDAY, JUNE 19, noon–5 p.m.

Piano Pavilion

Free; no registration required

Blue Star Families Day

In celebration of Independence Day and in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Kimbell Art Museum will offer active military, veterans and their families free admission to the special exhibition The Language of Beauty in African Art on Sunday, July 3. 

SUNDAY, JULY 3, noon–5 p.m.

Piano Pavilion

Free; no registration required

Summer Shop Sale

Join us for summer savings at the Museum Shops! Kimbell members enjoy 20% off nondiscounted merchandise. Select merchandise is 30%–75% off.

TUESDAY, JULY 5–SUNDAY, JULY 24

Kahn Building & Piano Pavilion, Museum Shops

Discount applies to in-house sales at Camp Bowie location only.

Jazz on the Green

Bring your friends and a blanket or lawn chair and listen to the sounds of talented local musician Tatiana “LadyMay” Mayfield. Admission to the special exhibition The Language of Beauty in African Art is free all day long.

Free activity kits for kids will be offered (while supplies last). Food and a variety of beverages will be available for purchase. Vendors will include Salsa Limón, Melt Ice Creams and a Kimbell Café bar.

FRIDAY, JULY 15, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Piano Pavilion, Portico and Lawn

Free; registration required

ABOUT THE KIMBELL ART MUSEUM

The Kimbell Art Museum, owned and operated by the Kimbell Art Foundation, is internationally renowned for both its collections and its architecture. The Kimbell’s collections range in period from antiquity to the 20th century and include European masterpieces by artists such as Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini, Velázquez, Vigée Le Brun, Monet, Cézanne, Picasso and Matisse;  important collections of Egyptian and classical antiquities; and the art of Asia, Africa and the Ancient Americas.

The museum’s 1972 building, designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn, is widely regarded as one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era. A second building, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, opened in 2013 and now provides space for special  exhibitions, dedicated classrooms and a 289-seat auditorium with excellent acoustics for music. For more information, visit kimbellart.org.

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