Landmark exhibit enters final weeks at Kimbell Art Museum

ByJames I. Robertson

Jun 29, 2022

As July approaches, the Kimbell Art Museum’s landmark 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 at the Kimbell in over 25 years, and the museum is offering free entry on select days in conjunction with special events and programs throughout the month.

The Language of Beauty in African Art presents an array of sculptures, masks and prestige objects representing 56 diverse cultures from West, Central and Southern Africa. The exhibition includes more than 200 objects installed throughout the Renzo Piano pavilion.

“The Language of Beauty in African Art is arguably the most significant exhibition of African art in decades at any museum,” says Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Art Museum. “For years, African art has been understood through a predominantly Eurocentric perspective that has attributed meanings of beauty and importance to these objects. This exhibition re-evaluates these works using the very words and perspectives of the people who have made and used.

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

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

Blue Star Family Day

SUNDAY JULY 3, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Piano Pavilion

To celebrate Independence Day and in conjunction with Blue Star Families, the Kimbell will be offering active military personnel, veterans and their families free admission to the special exhibition The Language of Beauty in African Art.

Jazz on the Green

FRIDAY JULY 15, 5.30–7.30 p.m.
Piano pavilion and lawn

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

Family festival: summer art party with ice cream on Sunday
Fiesta de la Familia: Fiesta de verano de arte con helado el domingo

SUNDAY JULY 17 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Piano Pavilion

Celebrate art and community at free events featuring live performances, art making, gallery crawls and more. Admission to special exhibitions is waived for all visitors during family festivals. In addition to enjoying family activities, beat the summer heat with free ice cream, while supplies last. (Special thanks to the Nuestro Kimbell Committee for supporting Kimbell’s community programs)


Public tours
The language of beauty in African art
FRIDAYS, 6:30 p.m.
Piano Pavilion
Learn about the current special exhibition during tours led by docents who provide historical context, discuss general themes, and highlight individual works of art. Space is limited.

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The Language of Beauty: Second Saturdays

Workshop led by a Kinfolk House artist

SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2 p.m.

Piano Pavilion (no registration required)

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

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

film 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 civilization itself on the African continent to the millennia in which Africa and Africans have shaped not only their own rich civilizations, but also the whole world.

The Atlantic Era (2017, 60 min.)

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


Wednesday workshop

CERTAIN WEDNESDAYS, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Piano Pavilion, Education Studios
Registration required.

Spark your intellectual curiosity and creativity during afternoon programs that combine themed gallery tours with hands-on art activities for adults of all ages.

Handmade: between utility and fantasy

Artistic readings
What’s not yours is not yoursby Helen Oyeyemi (2017)
FRIDAY, JULY 29, 5:30–7 p.m.
Piano Pavilion, Education Studios
Registration required.

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


Admission to The Language of Beauty in African Art is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, K-12 educators, students, and military personnel, $14 for ages 6-11 years, free for children under 6 and $3 for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. Admission is half price all day Tuesday and after 5 p.m. Friday. Admission to the museum’s permanent collection is always free.

The Kimbell Art Museum is open Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays, from noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.; closed Mondays, New Years, July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For general information, call 817-332-8451.


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

The museum’s 1972 building, designed by 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 offers space for special exhibitions, dedicated classrooms and a 289-seat auditorium with excellent acoustics for music. For more information, visit

Information for this article was provided by the Kimbell Art Museum.

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