Save the Date — FREE Art in the Dark Community Event at Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum, February 18

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The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is offering a fun and FREE event packed with activities for all ages — Art in the Dark, Thursday, February 18.  Everyone is invited to experience the Amon Carter at night with art making, exhibit tours, music, films, interactive demonstrations, and more inspired by the special exhibition American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood.

:: Schedule of Events

Art Making 5:30–9:30 p.m.
Decorate a popcorn tin!
Light up the night with a film-themed votive!

Art Search 5:30–9:30 p.m.
Explore the galleries with a fun art search. Pick up a question sheet (both adult and family versions are available), complete the search, and claim your prize!

Hollywood Costume Contest
Dress up as your favorite movie character and have the chance to win a prize!
Registration for 12 years and under: 5:30–6:15 p.m.
Registration for 13 years and up: 5:30–8:30 p.m.
For safety purposes, no masks or weapons please.

Hollywood Hits with the David Brehm Trio 5:30–9:30 p.m.
Listen to Hollywood film hits played by the David Brehm Trio. Writer, producer, and guitarist David L. Brehm has developed a unique guitar style over the years. David will often loop his own rhythm guitar playing so he can improvise during the solo sections of certain songs. With a repertoire that includes original tunes, as well as an extensive jazz, pop, and Latin catalog, David Brehm delivers an unforgettable musical experience.

PicFlips Photo Booth 5:30–9:30 p.m.
Make your own mini-moving picture with PicFlips Flipbooks—grab your friends, strike a few red-carpet-worthy poses, and leave with a flipbook starring you!

Amon Carter Art After Dark

Popcorn Bar 5:30–9:30 p.m.
Make a stop at the popcorn bar to create the perfect movie-watching mix.

Pop-up Library 5:30–9:30 p.m.
Take a break and enjoy books connected to the special exhibition.

Short Films 5:30–9:30 p.m.
Enjoy a few Academy Award-winning animated shorts.
Flowers and Trees (1932)
Three Little Pigs (1933)
The Country Cousin (1936)
The Dot and the Line (1965)
Paperman (2012)

Social Media Art Search 6 p.m.
Check Instagram and Twitter starting at 6 p.m. #ACMartsearch

Spotlight Tours 6:30–8 p.m.
Swing by the special exhibition galleries and chat with a docent about American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood.

Wacky Wardrobe Challenge 7 p.m.
Get your creative juices flowing during this exciting costuming activity. Just bring a friend and your imagination!

Special Exhibition Tour 8 p.m.
Engage with assistant curator Maggie Adler during this tour of American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood.

Thomas Hart Benton (1889­–1975) The Kentuckian, 1954

Have fun with food! Everyone is welcome to experience the Amon Carter at night with art making, tours, music, films, interactive demonstrations, and more inspired by the special exhibition Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine. No reservations are required.

Schedule of Events

Art Making for All Ages
5:30–9:30 p.m.
Decorate a reusable lunch bag
Create magnetic miniature artworks

Art Search
5:30–9:30 p.m.
Work up an appetite by finding food-themed artworks in the galleries. Pick up a question sheet (both adult and family versions are available), complete the search, and claim your prize!

Cupcake Decorating with Central Market
5:30–9:30 p.m.
Decorate a miniature cupcake to look like a berry pie and enjoy your creation on the museum’s front porch.

Food Trucks and Outdoor Fun
5:30–9:30 p.m.
Have fun on the museum’s lawn by tossing a beach ball, throwing a flickering Frisbee with friends, or grabbing a bite to eat from a food truck*.
*Food available for purchase.

Music with Eric Martin
5:30–9:30 p.m.
Enjoy the melodic sounds of the xylophone during an ongoing performance by local percussionist Eric Martin.

Selections from Food Design, a film by Martin Hablesreiter and Sonja Stummerer
5:30–9:30 p.m.
Food Design (2010) takes a look at the secret chambers of a major manufacturer of food, where designers and scientists are defining tomorrow’s favorite culinary treat. It shows how form, color, smell, consistency, the sounds made during eating, manufacturing technique, history, and stories are all aspects of food and eating that both influence food design and are created by it. This film includes subtitles.
Courtesy Icarus Films

Tarrant Area Food Bank Donation Station
5:30–9 p.m.
Help those in need by donating a non-perishable food item to the Tarrant Area Food Bank. For each item donated, a ticket will be entered in a raffle to win an Amon Carter swag bag!

Family Tour
5:45–6:30 p.m.
Join the Amon Carter’s professional gallery teachers to discover works of art, share your observations, and get creative in the galleries. This tour is best for children ages 12 and under with their adult companions.

Dining Through the Ages with Anne Paup, Etiquette Consultant
Sessions begin at 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Mind your manners and learn the basics of dining etiquette and the history behind it during this fun demonstration with Etiquette and Protocol Consultant Anne Paup.

Cheese Tastings with Elizabeth Northern, Owner of Magnolia Cheese Company
Tastings begin at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m.
Taste and learn about unique local cheeses during this delectable presentation with cheesemonger Elizabeth Northern, proprietor of Magnolia Cheese Company in Fort Worth’s Near Southside neighborhood.
Please note: There are a limited number of seats per session. Free tickets to sessions will be available in Gallery 21 thirty minutes before each session begins.

Adult Tour
8–8:45 p.m.
Join Margi Conrads, deputy director of art and research, as she shares her favorite works of art in the special exhibition Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine.

This program is made possible in part by Central Market.

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Details, details

What:  Get more details about the Art in the Dark program, here.
When:  Thursday, February 18 from 5:30pm–9:30pm
Where:  Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard.
Get directions and parking details here.
Cost: FREE!  Entrance to this event and Amon Carter’s Museum is always FREE (but donations are appreciated).

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