April 29, 2021



The Kimbell Art Museum announces its roster of spring and summer events, including a new outdoor event, Jazz on the Green, and adult and family programs related to the upcoming exhibition Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society.


*Information and dates below are subject to change.




State of the Arts

What We’ve Gained in a Year of Loss—and What’s Next

FRIDAY, MAY 7, noon–1 p.m.

Free online program; details to be announced


Looking back on a year when we lost so much, Fort Worth’s creative community reflects on challenges and changes across genres and how we engage with art in this time of social distancing. Join us for a conversation celebrating innovation and resilience as we explore what the future holds. 


State of the Arts Fort Worth, produced by KERA’s Art&Seek and the Kimbell Art Museum, identifies important trends and issues affecting North Texas arts organizations. It brings artists, experts and arts leaders together for a thought-provoking, one-hour conversation moderated by Miguel Perez, KERA arts reporter. 


The Artist’s Eye


Free online programs; registration required


Celia Eberle

Moderated by Nancy E. Edwards, curator of European art / head of academic services

MAY 15


Darren Waterson

Moderated by George T. M. Shackelford, deputy director 



What does the art of the past mean to the artist of the present? In this ongoing program, moderated by Kimbell staff, artists and architects discuss works in the museum’s collection, share the special insights of the practicing professional and relate older art to contemporary artistic concerns, including their own.


On the Road with the Kimbell

The Majesty and Mystery of Peru

Jennifer Casler Price, curator of Asian, African, and Ancient American art

FRIDAY, MAY 21, 6–7 p.m.

Free online program; registration required


Travel the globe virtually with the Kimbell Art Museum. Join Kimbell curators and staff to discover some of the world’s most beautiful and artistically rich destinations.


McNay-Kimbell Virtual Field Trip

Fun and Games

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, noon–1 p.m.

Free online program; registration required


Join educators from the McNay Art Museum and the Kimbell for a virtual, close-looking discussion that focuses on a pair of artworks linked by a universal theme. Attendees will receive an email with the meeting link two hours before the program start time. Participating educators will receive one Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hour per session. 


Inaugural Lecture: Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society

In Reverence for Asia: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection 

Adriana Proser, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Quincy Scott Curator of Asian Art, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore 

SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 10–11 a.m.

Free; premieres at 10 a.m on June 26 at youtube.com/user/KimbellArt


Join Adriana Proser, the organizing curator of the exhibitionin an online talk as she introduces the relationships and experiences that led to the emergence of this remarkable collecting couple. A selection of some of the most stunning and telling Asian works they acquired attests to the Rockefellers’ quest for quality and purpose.


Friday Evening Lectures


Free online programs; registration required


The Rockefeller Collection: A Place of Memory, Inspiration, and Exploration

Richard A. Pegg, director and curator of Asian art, MacLean Collection, Chicago, Illinois 



Art museum curators have as many connections to objects as they do with people. Some meetings are brief, and some pieces become old friends that bring a smile to one’s face whenever encountered. Richard Pegg began his museum career working at the Asia Society Museum more than three decades ago. This online lecture will discuss linkage of Rockefeller Collection objects into nexuses of memory, inspiration and exploration that continue to this day.


Walking Among the Gods: Chola Bronzes and Cambodian Sculpture in Context

Emma Natalya Stein, assistant curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, Washington, D.C. 



During the ninth through thirteenth centuries, artists in Tamil Nadu, South India, created sensuous and compelling figures of Hindu gods. These cast bronze images were carried through the streets in resplendent processions. In Cambodia, master masons carved a panoply of divine images and ornamentation onto the sandstone walls of Hindu temples. Dynamic figures of apsaras (celestial dancers) beckoned, and pillar-like gods stood majestically in temple sanctums. Richly illustrated with photographs from fieldwork in India and Cambodia, this talk invites you to walk among the gods.





Virtual Viewpoints


Free online programs; registration required


Heroes and Warriors



Animal Kingdom



Musical Connections



Join us for a comfortable conversation about art and life! Interactive and flexible, this free program is ideal for adults with complex needs such as Alzheimer’s and/or dementia; intellectual or developmental disabilities; and persistent behavioral health disorders. Conversations will take place on Zoom.  


Artful Readings

SELECTED FRIDAYS, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Online programs; registration required


Leonora in the Morning Light, by Michaela Carter (2021)



The Last Chinese Chef: A Novel, by Nicole Mones (2008)



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


Virtual Descriptive Tours

SELECTED THURSDAYS, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Free online program; registration required


Kimbell Classics: Landscapes

 JUNE 24


Kimbell Classics: Great Stories



Join us for flexible discussions featuring rich, meditative verbal descriptions of permanent collection artworks. This free program is ideal for people who are blind or have low vision but is open to all. Conversations will take place on Zoom.





Virtual Pictures and Pages / Fotos y Libros Virtuales

SELECTED TUESDAYS, 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Free online programs; no registration required


Bunnybear / Conejitozo, by Andrea J. Loney; illustrated by Carmen Saldaña



La Frontera: My Journey with Papa / El viaje con papa, by Alfredo Alva and Deborah Mills; illustrated by Claudia Navarro



When Sadness Is at Your Door / Cuando la tristeza llega a tu Puerta, illustrated and written by Eva Eland



Find a comfy spot and prepare to travel to another world. Join us on Facebook Live for a theatrical story time—just for kids!


Wednesday Workshop in a Box


Online programs; registration required


Painting Textures: Birds, Branches, and Blossoms



Enlightened Heads: Watercolor Studies of Light and Shadow



Join us for virtual studio programs from the comfort of your own home! Creative art-making lessons designed for all levels will highlight Kimbell masterpieces and the exhibition Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon. Flexible options for participation include live Zoom presentations and pre-recorded instructional videos, as well as inexpensive boxed art kits. Register online or call 817-332-8451, ext. 249. 


Virtual Teen Summer Studio

MONDAY, JULY 5–FRIDAY, JULY 9, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Free online program; space is limited.


Teens interested in developing their studio skills and creative practice are invited to apply to participate in an immersive virtual workshop led by professional artist and teacher DJ Perera. The program is free, but space is limited. Examples of student work are required with the online application; the submission deadline has been extended to May 7. 


Virtual Summer Art Adventures


Free online programs; check website for registration information and details


Tune in for creative explorations inspired by rich cultural traditions from across India, China, Japan, Korea and beyond! These virtual offerings for families will feature art-making guides, live family programming and engaging videos from artists and performers. Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society.





Virtual Summer Institute for Teachers

MONDAY, JUNE 28–FRIDAY, JULY 2, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Online program; registration required


Daily sessions will feature art-historical presentations, thematic group discussions and lessons for at-home studio-art projects inspired by the special exhibition Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society. Participants will receive four hours of CPE credits per day, 20 over five days, plus all the resources presented during the program.





Jazz on the Green

FRIDAY, MAY 21, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Kahn Building portico and lawn; registration required


Join friends on the Kimbell lawn and Kahn Building porticos for an early evening of live music, art and libations. Enjoy activities for kids and a special appearance by the Melt Ice Cream Happy Cart. Wine, local beer, sparkling beverages and light bites are available for purchase (credit card only). Kimbell members receive discounts on drinks and light bites.


Picnic blankets welcome. Limited amount of outdoor seating will be available. No pets or outside food or beverages. Masks are required indoors. Cash bar and light bites (credit card only).


Summer Happy Hours in the Kimbell Café

FRIDAYS, JUNE 4–AUGUST 26, 5–7 p.m.

Kimbell Café; no reservation required


Featuring musicians from Allegro Guitar Society

Wine, beer and light snacks will be available for purchase. Kimbell members receive a 10% discount on beverages during Happy Hour by showing their membership card at the time of purchase. For the full musician schedule, please visit kimbellart.org/calendar.


Soul Saturdays



Tai Chi & Qi Gong

with Tamara Nishida of Genjikai Karate, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong

JUNE 26, JULY 3, and JULY 10, 9–10 a.m.

Kahn Building portico

Space is limited, reservation required


Yoga with Friends

JULY 17, 9–10 a.m.: Elyse Sullivan, Blue Morpho Yoga

JULY 24, 9–10 a.m.: Gabrielle Douglas, Gabby’s Zen Space

JULY 31, 9–10 a.m.: Lauren Wessinger, The Mindful Project

Kahn Building portico

Space is limited, reservation required


Guided Meditation

with Michael and Brynn Dardanes, Elemental Yoga

AUGUST 7 and 21, 10:30–11:15 a.m.

Pavilion Auditorium

Space is limited; reservation required


In celebration of the special exhibition Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon, join us for Soul Saturdays as we explore mind, body and soul during free, all-levels Tai Chi & Qi Gong, yoga and guided meditation classes.


Museum Shop Sale

JULY 6–25


Selected items are 30–75% off. Kimbell members enjoy 20% off nondiscounted merchandise. Camp Bowie location only.


National Ice Cream Sunday

SUNDAY, JULY 18, noon–2 p.m.

Free; Kahn Building portico; no registration required


Beat the heat with a complimentary ice cream cup at the Kimbell! Also, stop by the education table to pick up a free Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon–themed art activity to make at home.

No reservations necessary. Ice cream and art kits are available while supplies last.





Museum Shop Members’ Month

MAY 1–31


Kimbell members receive a special 50% discount on selected art prints and posters and on the Kimbell Masterpiece Series books. Valid only in the Museum Shop in the Kahn Building.


Members-Only Previews

Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society

WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY, JUNE 23 and 24, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 25, noon–7 p.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.


Members are invited to view the exhibition before it opens to the public on Sunday, June 27. Complimentary access to the audio tour for Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon is available during preview days. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own devices and earbuds.


Members-Only Early-Entry Hours

Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society

SATURDAYS, JUNE 3, 10 and 17, 9–10 a.m.

SUNDAYS, JULY 11 and 18, 11 a.m.–noon


Member Orientation Program

Saturday, August 14, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Pavilion Auditorium; reservations required


Members are invited to join Robert McAn, head of donor relations, membership, and special events, and other staff members for an enlightening look at membership programs, the Kimbell’s history, education activities and more. Receive a free gift for attending. Space is limited; register at least two weeks in advance. If you have any questions, please call 817-332-8451, ext. 224 or email [email protected].


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

The museum’s 1972 building, designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn, is widely regarded as 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, dedicated classrooms and a 289-seat auditorium with excellent acoustics for music. For more information, visit kimbellart.org.



For more information, contact [email protected].