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A Homage to Texan Rodeos, This Larger-Than-Life Exhibit Is One You Have to See to Believe

View an artistic take on Texan rodeo culture at this all-new exhibit! Ruckus Rodeo, 1975–76, by the New York-based artist Red Grooms, will be presented at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth to coincide with the 2020 Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show. Don’t miss it this Saturday, February 8th!

Grooms’ immense, walk-through Ruckus Rodeo covers 1,237 square feet of gallery space. This “sculpto-pictorama,” as Grooms has referred to it, consists of painted two-dimensional surfaces and sculptural three-dimensional figures that celebrate the Fort Worth rodeo. Sculpture wire, canvas, burlap, acrylic paint, and a fiberglass compound is known as celastic were used to construct the work’s Texas-sized, larger-than-life caricatures of rodeo archetypes.

The Museum commissioned Ruckus Rodeo, along with 10 other works, for the 1976 exhibition The Great American Rodeo. For his contribution, Grooms attended every rodeo performance during Fort Worth’s 1975 Stock Show. From his many sketches, he drew a panoramic rodeo scene spanning more than seven feet to serve as the basis for Ruckus Rodeo’s design. In 1976, he returned to Fort Worth with the talented 15-member group of painters, sculptors, engineers, and carpenters known as the “Ruckus Construction Co.,” who helped in the final assembly of Grooms’ robust tableau.

Ruckus Rodeo portrays the chaos, entertainment, and danger of the rodeo. Grooms’ engaging work is characterized by a grand sense of spectacle, encompassing ritual, pageantry, and disorderly commotion. The artist’s interest in folk art puppets and toys is evident, and his rich, arbitrary use of bold, unmodulated colors combined with angular contours creates a loud, brash ambiance. Despite the work’s cartoonish flair, it is inflected with an urban sensibility.

Ruckus Rodeo celebrates the grand heritage of Fort Worth and the mythology of the American West, and it continues to be a beloved work in the Modern’s collection. The exhibition will be on display at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth through March 29, 2020. Admission starts at $10 and is available for purchase at the venue. For more information, please visit

If you feel like escaping The Depot Apartments in Fort Worth, Texas for the day, this event is a perfect opportunity to do just that! Trust us when we say that there’s no harm in getting out and exploring the greater community.

Event Time/Date:
Saturday, February 8, 2020—10:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107

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