Kimbell Fest: Casanova
FREE FESTIVAL AT THE KIMBELL ART MUSEUM WITH LIVE PERFORMANCES BY WILD BELLE AND HENRY THE ARCHER
SATURDAY, October 14
The Kimbell Art Museum announces a FREE festival for all ages, “Kimbell Fest: Casanova,” on Saturday, October 14, from 5 to 10 p.m., with an exciting lineup of musical performances—including rock bands Wild Belle and Henry the Archer—plus spectacular surprise performances, art activities, and face painting. The fourth annual event, “Kimbell Fest: Casanova” is inspired by the Museum’s special exhibition Casanova: The Seduction of Europe. Admission to the exhibition is free during the festival.
Renowned in modern times for his amorous pursuits, Casanova lived not only in Italy, but in France and England, and his travels took him to the Ottoman Empire and to meet Catherine the Great in Saint Petersburg. In his memoirs, Casanova said, "cultivating whatever gave me pleasure to my senses was always the chief business of my life." Kimbell Fest explores these pursuits through gallery games, theatrics, artist demonstrations and family activities across the campus.
The festival will kick off with “Casanova’s MasqueRIDE” from 4 to 5:30 p.m., presented in partnership with Fort Worth Bike Sharing. Riders are encouraged to dress their bikes and themselves in their best Don Giovanni or Marie Antoinette and meet on the north end of the Kimbell’s lawn to enjoy a spirited bicycle tour of the Museum’s Cultural District before reaching the “finishing line” on the Museum’s lawn. Discounted BCycle bike rental will be available.
Visitors will witness awe-inspiring performances and participate in activities including face painting, art making, theatrical demonstrations, and a Casanova-inspired photo booth. Evening activities include outdoor rock music performances, provided in partnership Fortress Presents. All activities, including concert admission, are FREE and open to the public. Blankets are encouraged.
Attendees can preorder picnic packages from Central Market by calling 817-377-9307. Picnics will be picked up at the event. Lyft will provide festival-goers with discounted rides to the Museum’s campus. Codes and information will be available at www.kimbellart.org. A variety of food trucks and beverage options will be on the grounds for purchase. A free water station will be provided by Tarrant Regional Water District. No outside food or beverage is allowed. Free parking will be available at the Museum.
The complete schedule, parking details and travel options will be available soon on kimbellart.org.
The festival is made possible by a grant from the Ann L. & Carol Green Rhodes Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Additional support is provided by Red Productions, Williams Trew Real Estate, Bank of Texas, Whitley Penn, Higginbotham, Republic National Distributing Company, Preservation Tree Services, Central Market and UNT Health Science Center. Promotional support is provided by 360 West Magazine, Fortress Presents, KERA's Art&Seek, NBC 5, and Fort Worth Child.
Wild Belle is an American rock band formed by siblings Elliot and Natalie Bergman. Having grown up in Chicago and spent lots of time in Jamaica, the band blends Chicago soul with hints of early rock steady and reggae. They are currently working on their third studio album, which will blend deep dancehall rhythms, heavy saxophone and highlife guitars. Band leader and sound sculptor Elliot is known for his use of handmade bronze bells and electric kalimbas. He has displayed his sculptures around the world, including his latest show at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture garden in Washington, D.C. Lead vocalist Natalie showcases her voice in a raunchy, daring way that defies genres and labels of any sort, creating her own sound that takes you to uncharted territories. She howls on "Coyotes," cries on "Rock & Roll Angel" and stands up for love on "Our Love Will Survive."
Casanova: The Seduction of Europe
Through December 31, 2017
On view in the Louis I. Kahn Building
Casanova: The Seduction of Europe explores the 18th century across Europe through the eyes of one of its most colorful characters, Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798). Renowned in modern times for his amorous pursuits, Casanova lived not only in Italy, but in France and England, and his travels took him to the Ottoman Empire and to meet Catherine the Great in Saint Petersburg. Bringing together paintings, sculpture, works on paper, furnishings, porcelains, silver and period costume, Casanova brings this world to life. Following its display in Fort Worth, the exhibition will be on view at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
This exhibition is organized by the Kimbell Art Museum, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.