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Art Exhibits and Displays

From paintings and photos to sculptures and collectibles, the Fort Worth Library offers a number of quality exhibits throughout the year. The Library strives to present some of the best works of local artists, photographers and collectors, celebrating both the talent and diversity of our community.

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Current Exhibits

Central Library

Lake Worth: 100 Years of Recreation

The City of Fort Worth built Lake Worth in 1914 as a destination for recreation and entertainment. The lake and its 100-year history are brought to life through a collection of photographs and historical documents. On display in the West Wing from July 1 to December 27.

RadioShack: 1929 - 2003

RadioShack has been a technological innovator for more than 90 years. Learn about the company's history through photographs, corporate documents, scrapbooks and other items of interest. The exhibit features Tandy-manufactered computers. On display in the West Wing from July 1 to December 27.

Red-Winged Blackbird

Exhibit features vintage mining helmets and equipment, along with photographs of the Ludlow tent colony, an armored car used against the striking workers, the soldiers deployed to the strike zone and the funeral procession for one of the main characters from the novel, Red-Winged Blackbird.  On display in the Grand Hall of Knowledge glass case from July 2 through August 31.

People's Lives: A Celebration of the Human Spirit

Bill Wright's exhibit features documentary photographs from his travels to unusual locations, photographing people in their native environments. The exhibit was produced with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. On display in the Gallery from July 25 to September 5.

Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy

In the early 1970s, photographer Bill Wittliff visited a ranch in northern Mexico where vaqueros (cowboys) herded cattle in the centuries-old vaquero tradition. Through photographs, he captured a since-lost way of life. Exhibition highlights include photographs from the Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library, Texas State University, artifacts from the collection of historian Doug Harman, including tools, clothing, antique spurs, reata (similar to a lasso), hand-tooled saddles and sombreros and the original model of Vaquero de Fort Worth, a statue commemorating the vaqueros’ contribution to Fort Worth’s history. The exhibition is presented by Texas State University and Humanities Texas, the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities. On display in the Gallery from September 8 to October 20.

In conjuction with the exhibit, join us on Saturday, September 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. for a discussion with historian Doug Harman entitled "Celebrating Hispanic American History in Fort Worth: Vaqueros y Mas". 

Updated 15 August 2014


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