The opening of the Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum is the big-ticket event of the season. The official ribbon-cutting on Wednesday opens the new building to museum-goers, but plenty of public events and members-only parties take place before and after.
Museum members will be among the first to preview the new building with docent-guided tours on the hour, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. No reservations required. Show your membership card for entry. Musical entertainment by Christopher McGuire and the Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society.
Wednesday, Nov. 27
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. between the two buildings on the Kimbell Green, marking the public opening of the Piano Pavilion. At 11 a.m., Fei-Fei Dong, a 2013 Cliburn competition finalist, will perform a 30-minute recital. At 1 p.m., the Fort Worth Opera Studio will present Three Little Pigs as part of the Children’s Opera Theater educational outreach. At 3 p.m., Christopher McGuire will perform with the Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society.
The Curator’s Council Grand Opening Gala takes place, by invitation, at 8 p.m.
There will be a discussion of the book My Love Affair With Modern Art: Behind the Scenes With a Legendary Curator by Katharine Kuh, with guest moderator Mark Thistlethwaite, 5:30-7 p.m.
“How a Radical Idea Changed Modern Art: Inventing Abstraction, 1910-25,” a talk by Leah Dickerman, curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Piano Pavilion auditorium, takes place at 6 p.m.
Cliburn at the Kimbell solo recitals by Olga Kern, gold medal winner at the 2001 Cliburn Competition, will open the Piano Pavilion auditorium; 7:30 p.m. both days. Tickets are available through www.cliburn.org.
“The Surrealist Adventure in Painting,” a talk by Michael R. Taylor, director, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., takes place at 6 p.m. in the Piano Pavilion auditorium.
Symposia on “Samurai: Armor From the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection,” which will be the first traveling show installed in the new building, will feature international experts on the culture of the elite Japanese warriors. Free, no reservations required. Seating is limited. Piano Pavilion auditorium, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
A discussion of the book My Love Affair With Modern Art: Behind the Scenes With a Legendary Curator by Katharine Kuh, 5:30-7 p.m.
For pricing and registration information, visit www.kimbellart.org.