AMON CARTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART



AMON CARTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART


Nocturne for Robert Fuller and Malcolm Harsch
Sandy Rodriguez
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 there.

 

Amon Carter Museum Hours

Tuesday-Saturday:
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon-5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and major holidays, including New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

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