The museum was originally established in 1961 through the generosity of Amon G. Carter Sr. (1879–1955), to house his collection of paintings and sculpture by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. The museum continues to collect and exhibit masterworks of American art.
The collection is housed in a landmark international style building designed by New York architect Philip Johnson, blending modern materials with classical design. Johnson created a simple, elegant building that combines the warmth and richness of bronze with the creamy, intricately patterned surface of native Texas shellstone. His design was inspired by the Renaissance-style loggia---a covered, open gallery that looks out over an open court. Johnson has been involved in each subsequent expansion.
Please check the museum website for updated exhibition information. Scheduling may have been modified as a result of the temporary museum closure.
Large-scale installation creates a colorful botanical world of giant insects, flowers, and plants
Explores the history of the colonization and industrialization of the West
More than 150 works and archival objects explore their visionary artistic careers
Immersive, site-specific installation projects ornate patterns of light and shadow
30 works created during her Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency
Multimedia installation transforms images of works from the Carter’s collection
Photographs and works on paper by 20th- and 21st-century American artists