Signs of the times

The Dallas Morning News - - Arts & Life - Danielle Avrams

Empty bill­boards along a stretch of Jacks­boro High­way in Fort Worth have been given a new pur­pose. “Modern Billings,” an ini­tia­tive by the Modern Art Mu­seum of Fort Worth, turns tra­di­tion­ally com­mer­cial spa­ces into artist’s can­vases, bring­ing art out of the in­sti­tu­tion and di­rectly to the com­mu­nity. “For the in­au­gu­ral in­stall, we se­lected artists who are liv­ing and work­ing in this com­mu­nity,” says Tif­fany Wolf Smith, as­sis­tant cu­ra­tor of ed­u­ca­tion. “The in­ser­tion of these large-scale im­ages into the pub­lic sphere ex­tends our mis­sion, as ed­u­ca­tors, to out­reach into our com­mu­ni­ties through di­a­logue and site speci­ficity.” The pro­gram kicked off last month with bill­boards de­signed by area artists Kalee Ap­ple­ton, Kerry Butcher, Julio César Cedillo, Casey Leone, Raul Ro­driguez and Fabi­ola Valen­zuela. The mu­seum hopes to ro­tate the bill­boards sev­eral times through­out the year. De­tails: the­mod­ern.org

The Modern Art Mu­seum of Fort Worth

Apol­ogy, 2018, by Kerry Butcher

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