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Isa Genzken

2019 Nasher Prize Laureate is Isa Genzken

With a career spanning four decades, Isa Genzken has continually reinvented the language of sculpture by creating objects inspired by popular culture and historical events that explore the complexities of contemporary realism. Engaging a diverse range of media such as wood, plaster, concrete, textiles, and detritus and working in a variety of modes, including sculpture, photography, filmmaking, painting, drawing, and collage, Genzken transforms vernacular materials into wholly unique forms. Her inventive, ad hoc approach to making, as well as her fearless embrace of chaos and change, has inspired a generation of artists, even as she continues to adapt, expand, and redefine her protean oeuvre.  


Sterling Ruby: Sculpture

February 2, 2019 – April 21, 2019

Sterling Ruby’s multifaceted practice encompasses sculpture, ceramics, installation, textiles, clothing, painting, collage, photography, and video.  Featuring nearly 30 large- and moderately-scaled sculptures spanning his career, Sterling Ruby: Sculpture will be the first museum exhibition to survey the great variety of sculptural work of one the most significant contemporary artists working today.


FREE First Saturdays February 2, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Great Create 2019 Sponsor Party February 5, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

‘til Midnight at the Nasher February 15, 6 p.m.–12 a.m.

Workshop: Material Mayhem February 21, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Soundings: New Music at the Nasher March 1, 7:30 p.m.

Waging war seems as inevitable a part human nature as our mortality. The grotesque rituals of war are represented with horrifying honesty in Francisco Goya’s book of etchings Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War) and form the foundation of Martin Bresnick’s Caprichos Enfáticos (Emphatic Caprices).

Purchase tickets online at nashersculpturecenter.org/soundings

The Great Create Family Kick-Off Party March 2, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

FREE First Saturdays March 2, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

‘til Midnight at the Nasher March 15, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

360: Speaker Series: Judy Chicago March 23, 11 a.m.

Nasher Prize Student Festival March 24, 1 – 4 p.m.

Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium April 4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Nasher Prize Dialogues April 5

FREE First Saturdays April 6, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

360: Speaker Series: Leveling the Playing Field: What Pro Sports Can Offer the Gallery System April 13, 2 p.m.

‘til Midnight at the Nasher April 19, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

SOLUNA: Musical Celebration of Isa Genzken April 23, 7:30 p.m.

The Great Create: By Artists. For Kids. April 28, 1 – 4 p.m.

FREE First Saturdays May 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Learn more about these and upcoming events at nashersculpturecenter.org/engage

UT Dallas doctoral student Tricia Stout Presents at Nasher Prize Dialogues Symposium

UT Dallas doctoral student Tricia Stout was invited to present at the prestigious Graduate Symposium for the Nasher Prize, which was awarded to Theaster Gates. Tricia is a PhD student in Arts & Humanities at UT Dallas, where she is specializing in Literature and Aesthetic Studies. Her current research focuses on issues within Cultural Studies, Aesthetics and Politics, and Film Studies, with specific attention to Latin America.

The Nasher Prize Dialogues Symposium was held on April 5 and consisted of five 30-minute paper presentations from art history graduate students across the nation who were selected to participate in this year’s symposium that focused on the work of Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates. Tricia presented her paper “Art as an Ongoing Relationship: Theaster Gates’ Architectural Projects” in the afternoon panel, which was followed by a question and answer session moderated by Sofia Bastidas and open to the audience. The symposium concluded with a keynote presentation by Matthew Jesse Jackson, and panelists had the opportunity to meet the 2018 Nasher Prize Laureate, Theaster Gates. Below is a copy of Tricia’s paper abstract.

Art as an Ongoing Relationship: Theaster Gates’ Architectural Projects 

Within the past three decades both social practice art and community art have flourished. One characteristic of community-based art is that it focuses on the importance of building relationships. These relationships can be characterized in three distinct categories: (1) the relationship between the artist and the community; (2) the relationship between individuals as they experience or participate in the art collaboratively; and (3) the relationship between the viewer and the work of art. As a potter, turned social practice artist, Theaster Gates emphasizes the ability of the artist to shape nothing material into something. In his ongoing architectural projects, Dorchester Projects (established in 2008) and Stony Island Arts Bank (established in 2015), Gates refers to this shaping of material as establishing “heat” within a neighborhood; this “heat” ultimately creates dialogue. This paper will explore the connection between the importance of beauty, dialogue, and the three categories of relationships that emerge within Gates’ architectural projects. In addition, it will touch on the recent trend amongst community artists to incorporate an element of education into the art experience, which prolongs the existence of the work of art, as its relationships take on a life of their own.

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