June 15, 2019 - January 5, 2020
$8 adults, $5 students/seniors, free for members and children 3 and younger
Ruckus Rodeo is an immense and immersive work of art consisting of painted two-dimensional surfaces and sculptural three-dimensional figures that depict the rodeo at the Fort Worth Stock Show created by renowned pop artist Red Grooms. Grooms refers to it as a “sculpto-pictorama.” Wire, canvas, burlap, acrylic paint, and fiberglass were used to construct the work’s larger-than-life caricatures of rodeo archetypes. Visitors saw a rodeo queen and her steed, a bucking bronco, playful rodeo clowns, a giant yellow bull named Butter, and much more.
Ruckus Rodeo was originally commissioned for the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s 1976 exhibition The Great American Rodeo. In preparation, Grooms attended every rodeo performance during Fort Worth’s 1975 Stock Show and made many sketches. From these studies, Grooms drew a panoramic rodeo scene spanning more than seven feet, which served as the basis for Ruckus Rodeo.
The exhibit also celebrated the grand heritage of the American West with historic objects that wove the story of cowboy culture. A kids’ corral of hands-on activities—including a hobbyhorse obstacle course, lassoing, a large animal veterinarian station, and more—brought the rodeo to life.
This exhibition was brought to you by the following sponsors:
Red Grooms, Ruckus Rodeo (details), 1976, mixed media; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; © Red Grooms, Member of Artists Rights Society (ARS)