The Amon Carter Museum of American Art announced its 2022 exhibition schedule on Thursday, including major surveys curated by the Carter as well as traveling exhibits nationwide. The 2022 lineup features a broad display of works from the Carter Collections, site-specific commissions, and traveling exhibitions from notable institutions. The program includes the first-ever exhibit dedicated to the history of printmaking and social activism by Chicano artists, as well as other exhibits dedicated to Carter’s robust collections of photography and works on paper. Also on the program, one of the first major museum surveys, organized by the Carter, on contemporary Aboriginal photography.
Additionally, the Carter is launching a multi-year experimental outdoor sculpture program developed to expand opportunities for visitors to interact with art on the grounds of the Museum. Activating Carter’s outdoor campus with art extends the experience for visitors to access the highest caliber of American art while celebrating significant local and national artists. Throughout the year, The Carter will feature existing and new works by North Texas artists Justin Ginsberg and Darryl Lauster, as well as works by New York artist Jean Shin, who engage The Carter’s lands in new manners. Exhibitions premiering in 2022 include:
Stéphanie Syjuco: double vision
January 15, 2022–January 2023
Stéphanie Syjuco: double vision presents a commissioned, site-specific installation by the artist that uses digital editing and the excavation of the Museum’s archives to transform images of renowned works from the Carter Collection to reconsider the mythologies of the American West. Reframing iconic works by American artists including Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Remington, Syjuco’s work highlights the constructed nature of historical narratives and reveals how these works and their presentation can continue colonial tradition.
¡Printing the Revolution! : The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965–Present
From February 20 to May 8, 2022
In the 1960s, Chicano activist artists forged a remarkable history of printmaking that remains vital today. ¡Print the Revolution!, organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, explores the rise of Chicano graphic design within these early social movements and how artists since then have advanced innovative printmaking practices suited to social justice. The exhibition includes 119 works, ranging from traditional screen prints and digital graphics to augmented reality works and site-specific installations, by more than 74 artists of Mexican descent and other artists active in the Chicanx networks.
Beauty and life: the Finis Welch collection
From February 20 to May 8, 2022
This exhibition features newly acquired photographs by Ansel Adams, Marco Breuer, Dorothea Lange, Edward Steichen, Edward Weston and many others, presented for the first time at The Carter. beauty and life presents 48 works of art from a collection of more than 240 photographs and works on paper bequeathed to the Carter by Texas collector Finis Welch. The gift greatly expands the Museum’s already renowned photography collection and enhances its ability to tell the story of early photographic modernism in America.
Making Art Like Making Life: Kinji Akagawa in Tamarind
From April 23 to October 30, 2022
Making Art Like Making Life: Kinjia Akagawa in Tamarind offers a behind-the-scenes look at life in a 1960s print shop. At the age of twenty-five, Akagawa undertook a scholarship to train as a printer at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles. While there, Akagawa collaborated with over a dozen leading artists, including Ruth Asawa, Herbert Bayer, and Jose Luis Cuevas, printing their lithographs and creating his own editions of prints. Tamarind’s communal environment had a profound impact on his philosophies of art, in which he embraced dialogue, collaboration and co-creation as pillars of a democratic vision of art. The exhibition features more than 40 works from the Carter collection of over 2,500 prints from the Tamarind workshop.
Darryl Lauster: Testament
May 7, 2022–May 2023
North Texas – artist based Darryl Lauster Will (2018-20) will inaugurate a series of outdoor creative projects implemented by the Carter. Through examination of America’s past and present, Lauster’s bronze obelisk invites the viewer to be a critical reader of information and to examine the function of text in different contexts. Will combines pop culture references with quotes from primarily American seminal documents, challenging what we know about our nation’s history and promises.
Justin Ginsberg: Shake the Shadow
From June 11 to September 25, 2022
Over the summer, Texas-based artist Justin Ginsberg will create a sculptural glass work inspired in part by the Sargent, Whistler and Venetian Glass exhibition (see below). Ginsberg will work with a glass kiln set up on the Museum’s lawn each weekend, firing strands of glass up to 30 feet in length. At the end of each glass-making session, Ginsberg will install the wires he created in Carter’s main gallery, resulting in a large-scale glass sculpture in the shape of a “waterfall.” Audiences will be able to watch Ginsberg at work during his weekend sessions and witness the months-long completion of his site-specific installation.
Black Every Day: Photographs from the Carter Collection
From June 11 to September 11, 2022
Exploring over 100 years of photographic depictions of Black American experiences, Black Every Day: Photographs from the Carter Collection includes over fifty historical and contemporary fine art photographs and over 100 vernacular images. Works by iconic artists including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Roy DeCarava, Dorothea Lange, Deana Lawson, Gordon Parks and Garry Winogrand, as well as unidentified members of the community, showcase the everyday moments of black life, addressing themes of community, of excellence, of family, and work.
Sargent, Whistler and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano
From June 26 to September 11, 2022
This exhibition features more than 140 works by 19th-century American artists, including John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler, displayed alongside rarely seen Venetian glass mosaic portraits and glass goblets, vases and urns by leading Murano glassmakers. , including members of the legendary Seguso, Barovier and Moretti families. Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Sargent, Whistler and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano brings to life the revival of Venetian glass between 1860 and 1915 and the artistic experimentation that the city inspired in visiting artists.
Faces from Within: The Native American Portraits of Karl Bodmer
October 30, 2022–January 22, 2023
Curated by and drawn exclusively from the collection of the Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, Nebraska), Inside faces features over 60 recently preserved watercolors, including portraits of individuals from the Omaha, Ponca, Yankton, Lakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Assiniboine and Blackfoot nations. Contemporary Indigenous knowledge holders, artists and scholars from the nations that Bodmer and his companion, German Prince Maximilian zu Wied-Neuwied, visited between 1832 and 1834 contributed texts and four short films for this exhibition, which together bring highlighting the diverse histories, beliefs, and practices embodied in the portraits.
Speaking with Light: Contemporary Indigenous Photography
October 30, 2022–January 22, 2023
Speaking with Light: Contemporary Indigenous Photography highlights the dynamic ways in which Indigenous artists have leveraged their lenses over the past three decades to reclaim representation and affirm their existence, perspectives, and trauma. The exhibit, curated by the Carter, is one of the first major museum investigations to explore this important transition, featuring works by more than 30 Indigenous artists. Through approximately 80 photographs, videos, three-dimensional works and digital activations, the exhibition forges a mosaic investigation into identity, resistance and belonging.
Charles Truett Williams: The Art of the Stage
November 5, 2022–May 7, 2023
This exhibition examines the mid-century art scene in Fort Worth through the presentation of more than 30 works by Fort Worth artist Charles Truett Williams and the art community drawn to his studio and salon. Accompanying the works on paper and sculptures, ephemera from Williams’ recently acquired archives bolster Carter’s robust collection of artist archives. Charles Truett Williams: The Art of the Stage is the continuation of the Museum’s research into the artistic legacy of underrepresented artists as part of the mission of the Gentling Center for Studies.
November 2022–November 2023
Known for her artistic practice of creating monumental sculptures created from natural or discarded materials, Shin will create a site-specific work on the Carter grounds that examines the history and landscape of the museum. Nationally recognized for her sculptures that transform large accumulations of singular objects frequently donated, such as computer keyboard parts, glass bottles and clothing, Shin will develop a functional work of art that reflects the Museum’s past and present through an elegant expression of identity and community.