FORT WORTH, TX.-
Museum Director Ron Tyler announces that the Amon Carter Museum
has modified its name: the longtime institution is now known as the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.
The museum was established in 1961 to house Amon G. Carters collection of paintings and sculpture by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, the two greatest artists of the American West, Tyler says. But from the beginning, the Amon G. Carter Foundation and the Carter family intended the museum to be a vibrant and evolving institution.
Mitchell A. Wilder, the museums first director, believed the history of American art could be interpreted as the history of artists working on successive frontiers, both geographic and artistic. The Carters mission would no longer be limited to western art, he said in an interview in 1967. Indeed, to understand the West, he said, the East must also be studied. In this new spirit of collecting, the museum acquired that year the modern masterpiece Blips and Ifs (1964) by Stuart Davis, and the museums holdings have continued to grow since then in fascinating ways.
The museum now houses 300,000 objects, including landmark works by such paramount American artists as Winslow Homer, Georgia OKeeffe, and John Singer Sargent. The museum also houses one of the largest collections of American photography in the country.
Our new name doesnt signify a shift in mission, but rather a clarification of what weve offered since the mid-1960s, Tyler says. The name change is a way to better communicate what visitors can expect when they come to the museum.
With the museums 50th anniversary approaching in January 2011, Tyler says it was the right time for a name change.
As we mark our 50th anniversary, we want to remind the public of all we have to offer, Tyler says. We have fantastic exhibitions and programs planned for the year, including a community celebration in August 2011. If youve never visited us before, we invite you to visit. And if you have, we hope to see you often in 2011. It will be a great year of American art.