A remarkable exhibition enters the Kimbell Museum of Art in recent weeks

As July approaches, the Kimbel Museum of Art’s remarkable exhibition The Language of Beauty in African Art enters its final weeks. Visitors have until July 31 to see the first exhibition of African art in Kimbell in more than 25 years, and the museum offers free admission on select days in connection with special events and programs throughout the month.

The language of beauty in African art includes a set of sculptures, masks and prestigious objects representing 56 different cultures from West, Central and South Africa. The exhibition includes more than 200 objects installed in the Renzo Piano pavilion.

“The language of beauty in African art is perhaps the most important exhibition of African art in decades in any museum,” said Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Museum of Art. “For years, African art has been understood from a dominant Eurocentric perspective, which attaches importance to the beauty and importance of these objects. This exhibition re-evaluates these works, using the very words and perspectives of the people who made and used them. ”

The exhibition is organized by the Institute of Art in Chicago, and Kimbell is the first and only place besides the Institute where visitors can experience this diverse group of objects, many of which have never been available to the public.

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Special events planned for the last weeks of the exhibition include:

Blue Star Family Day

SUNDAY, JULY 3, lunch – 5 p.m.
Piano pavilion

In honor of Independence Day and in collaboration with Blue Star Families, Kimbell will offer active military, veterans and their families free access to the special exhibition The Language of Beauty in African Art.

Jazz on the green

FRIDAY, JULY 15, 5: 30–19: 30 p.m.
Pavilion for piano and lawn

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Bring a blanket or chair for the lawn and listen to the sounds of the talented local musician Tatiana “LadyMay” Mayfield. Admission to the special exhibition The Language of Beauty in African Art is free throughout the day. Free activity kits for children will be available (while stocks last). Snacks and a variety of drinks will be available for purchase. Vendors will include Salsa Limón, Luckey G’s Bistro, Melt Ice Creams and Kimbell Coffee Bar.

Family festival: Summer art party with ice cream on Sunday
Fiesta de la Familia: Summer Ice Cream Art Party on Sunday

SUNDAY, JULY 17, lunch – 5 p.m.
Piano pavilion

Celebrate art and the community with free events that include live performances, art making, gallery viewing and more. Access for special exhibitions is canceled for all visitors during the Family Festivals. In addition to enjoying family activities, beat the summer heat with free ice cream while stocks run out. (Special thanks to the Nuestro Kimbell Committee for their support of the Kimbell Community Programs)


Public tours
The language of beauty in African art
FRIDAY, 6:30 p.m.
Piano pavilion
Learn about this special exhibition during guided tours with associate professors who provide historical context, discuss comprehensive topics, and highlight individual works of art. Space is limited.

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The language of beauty: Second Saturday

Workshop led by artists at Kinfolk House

SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2 p.m.

Piano Pavilion (No registration required)

Free afternoon events featuring guest artists from the thriving visual and performing arts scene in Dallas-Fort Worth. Host in connection with the special exhibition The Language of Beauty in African Art, each unique program will celebrate living cultural traditions and diverse forms of expression from Africa and the African Diaspora.

Celebrate community and personal creativity during the studio program, led by multidisciplinary artist Angela Faz, whose work is currently on display at Kinfolk House, a collaborative project space located in the Black and Latina / e / o neighborhood of Fort Worth Polytechnic.

Movie series

The great civilizations of Africa


Pavilion Auditorium

No registration required. The seats are limited.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. takes a fresh look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humanity to the dawn of the 20th century. It is a breathtaking and personal journey through 200,000 years of history, from the origins of art, writing and the civilization of the African continent itself through the millennia in which Africa and Africans have shaped not only their own rich civilizations but the world.

The Atlantic Age (2017, 60 min.)

Trade and the Clash of Civilizations (2017, 60 min.)


Workshop on Wednesday

Piano pavilion, educational studios
Registration required.

Stimulate your intellectual curiosity and creativity during the afternoon programs, which combine themed tours of the gallery with practical art activities for adults of all ages.

Handmade: between usefulness and whimsy

Skillful readings
What is not yours is not yoursby Helen Oyeyemi (2017)
FRIDAY, JULY 29, 5: 30-7 p.m.
Piano pavilion, educational studios
Registration required.

Participants explore the links in literary and visual arts through group discussions and special presentations of selected books.


Admission to the Language of Beauty in African Art is $ 18 for adults, $ 16 for adults, K-12 teachers, students and the military, $ 14 for ages 6 to 11, free for children under 6, and $ 3 for a supplementary food program ( SNAP) recipients. Admission is half price throughout the day on Tuesdays and after 5pm on Fridays. Admission to the museum’s permanent collection is always free.

The Kimbell Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m .; Friday, noon – 20 hours; Sunday, lunch – 5 pm; closed Monday, New Year, July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For general information call 817-332-8451.


The Kimbell Museum of Art, owned and operated by the Kimbell Art Foundation, is internationally renowned for both its collections and its architecture. Kimbell’s collections range from antiquity to the 20th century and include European masterpieces by artists such as Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini, Velazquez, Vise Le Brun, Monet, Cézanne, Picasso and Mathis; important collections of Egyptian and classical antiques; and the art of Asia, Africa and Ancient America.

The museum building from 1972, designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn, is considered one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era. A second building, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, opened in 2013 and now provides space for special exhibitions, special classrooms and a 289-seat auditorium with excellent music acoustics. For more information, visit kimbelart.org.

Information about this article was provided by the Kimbell Museum of Art.

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