AMON CARTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
Nocturne for Robert Fuller and Malcolm Harsch
© 2020–21 Sandy Rodriguez
Amon Carter - Sandy Rodriguez in Isolation
Exhibition on Display: Through April 17, 2022
Explore the healing power of art through Sandy Rodriguez in Isolation, featuring
30 new works on paper created by the Los Angeles - based painter during her recent
Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency in Southern California. Impacted by the
rapid news cycle of rising COVID-19 fatalities and nationwide demonstrations
against police brutality, Rodriguez turned to the surrounding desert as a guide
for her response. She collected botanical specimens native to the region with
medicinal and utilitarian applications, which she studied, painted, then
processed as handmade paints to create possibilities for healing past and
present trauma through the recovery of Indigenous knowledge systems. The
exhibition features landscapes, protest scenes, maps, and botanical studies,
all created using her hand-processed inks and watercolors.
Rodriguez also draws inspiration from colonial - period writings and documents,
namely the Florentine Codex. Authored by a Franciscan friar and Nahua scholars
in the mid-16th century amid a pandemic, the work records the history and
practices of the Nahua in Central Mexico, as well as the flora and fauna of
the region, with both Nahuatl and Spanish text and over 2,000 ink and watercolor
illustrations. The artworks featured in Sandy Rodriguez in Isolation activate
this history by documenting the ecosystem of Rodriguez's quarantine—with
annotations in Cahuilla, Spanish, Latin, and English—to demonstrate plant
knowledge over time while amplifying Indigenous insight on the medicinal and
aesthetic significance of local plants and pigments. The exhibition also
highlights Rodriguez's use of amate paper, a symbol of Indigenous culture that,
having been used for codices and artworks, was destroyed and outlawed under
Spanish rule. Rodriguez's works are painted on amate paper made from bark by a
fifth-generation Otomi papermaking family in Puebla, Mexico.
About Amon Carter Museum Of American Art
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art opened to the public in 1961, but its roots go back
much further. In 1935, when Amon G. Carter Sr. was 56 years old, he had already contributed
greatly to Fort Worth as president and publisher of the Star-Telegram, founding board member
of American Airlines, and establisher of the first radio station in the city. That year was
to be an important one for Mr. Carter for another reason as well: He acquired his first
artworks by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. He'd been introduced to the artists'
work by his good friend Will Rogers, the actor, humorist, and writer who died tragically
in a plane crash that summer.
These purchases marked the beginning of a collection that would grow to more than 400 works.
As his collection expanded, Mr. Carter began to envision a museum to house it—an institution
that would be accessible to the public and serve as a cultural treasure of his beloved city.
When he died in 1955, his will provided for its establishment:
I desire and direct that this museum be operated as a nonprofit artistic enterprise for
the benefit of the public and to aid in the promotion of cultural spirit in the city of
Fort Worth and vicinity, to stimulate the artistic imagination among young people residing
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