March 7, 2008 09:33 PM

The Lone Star State

Here are some snapshots and notes from my trip to Ft. Worth, TX.


window seat

Reata stairwell featuring former mayors of Ft. Worth
Reata stairwell featuring former mayors of Ft. Worth

I ate at Reata the first night I got because the lady sitting next to me on the plane recommended it. My cousin Jonathan tried to warn against it in case I didn’t like to eat chicken fried steak, but it was late on Sunday night and I was scared that nothing would be open. After I checked in, I made a beeline for the restaurant. On Sunday I had a delicious meal of salad, pepper encrusted steak and crème bruleé. Monday after work the whole Ft. Worth team, the Terra XML trainer and salesman and everyone from out of town went to Reata. We had fancy appetizers and drinks. My margarita was good and the tamale, ribs and bacon (of course!) wrapped shrimp I ate were yummy. Gluten intolerance has its perks; I got to skip the calf fries (don’t ask…).

Reata patio
Reata patio

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

I had so much fun visiting the museum. It was practically empty when I arrived after hours on Tuesday evening. I never get to visit a NYC museum and have the place to myself. The architecture of the building (Tadao Ando, architect) was très cool. What a treat! I am only sorry to have missed the opportunity to eat at the restaurant :(

Kiefer, Anselm 'Book with Wings', 1992-94
Kiefer, Anselm ‘Book with Wings’, 1992-94

Pistoletto, Michelangelo 'The Etruscan (L'etrusco)', 1976
Pistoletto, Michelangelo ‘The Etruscan (L’etrusco)’, 1976

Ruscha, Edward 'Standard Station 10c Western Being Torn in Half', 1954 *
Ruscha, Edward ‘Standard Station 10c Western Being Torn in Half’, 1954 *

I took a picture of this painting for Cadin because I had a feeling he would like it. I also liked his ‘Jar of Olives Falling, 1969’ but the picture didn’t do the painting justice.

Becher, Bernd & Hilla 'Water Towers', 1965-1984
Becher, Bernd & Hilla ‘Water Towers’, 1965-1984

As a photographer and someone who lived near the Folkwang Schule in Germany once upon a time, I have seen the Becher water tower photos here, there and everywhere. Due to the format of their presentation here at The Modern in Ft. Worth (horizontal as opposed to grid [and maybe a smarter selection of different towers]), I realized for the first time how wonderful these water tower photographs really are.

Puryear, Martin 'Ladder for Booker T. Washington', 1996
Puryear, Martin ‘Ladder for Booker T. Washington’, 1996

view from the 2nd floor
view from the 2nd floor

Balkenhol, Stephan '4 Figures', 2000
Balkenhol, Stephan ‘4 Figures’, 2000

view from the rear of the museum
view from the rear of the museum

kdL 'Coke Is It!', 2008
kdL ‘Coke Is It!’, 2008

Serra, Richard 'Vortex', 2002
Serra, Richard ‘Vortex’, 2002

Wow. This sculpture is really impressive, has amazing acoustics and is lots of fun. I spent at least 10 minutes stomping around and banging the walls, listening to the echoes as they reverberated up and out the top of the Vortex. I saw the Serra exhibition at the MoMA recently and was impressed, but the presentation of his work here was better because a) I got to touch the sculpture and play in it and b) the scale of the steel slabs was more impressive because the sculpture is taller than the museum and there aren’t a bunch of tall buildings surrounding it.

the best flan ever, Mi Cocina
the best flan ever, Mi Cocina

I ate the best meal of my stay in Ft. Worth at Mi Cocina. And even though someone in my extended family might want to have my head for saying it, the flan was the best I’ve ever eaten. (But the best barBQ I ate in Texas was from Rail Head. Thanks to my cousin Jon and his wife Shannon for taking me there!)

the morning view from my room at the Courtyard by Marriott
the morning view from my room at the Courtyard by Marriott

Worthington Bank by night
Worthington Bank by night

longhorns at Worthington Bank
longhorns at Worthington Bank

longhorn and tellers at Worthington Bank
longhorn and tellers at Worthington Bank

the evening view from my room at the Courtyard by Marriott
the evening view from my room at the Courtyard by Marriott

window seat
window seat

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posted by: Anonymous

you are a groovy photographer. love all these photos (esp the stairwell and flan photos). i, too, saw the serra exhibit at moma but felt the full potential of the sculptures was hindered by the fact that they were indoors. and the scupltures outside were dwarfed by the buildings, as you said. thanks for sharing!

March 10, 2008 11:24 AM

posted by: Darren

looks like a fun trip :-)

March 10, 2008 11:35 AM

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