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Nasher Sculpture Center Exhibitions and Events

Exhibitions

The Nature of Arp
September 15, 2018 – January 6, 2019
The first major North American museum exhibition in three decades
The Nature of Arp provides a long-overdue look at the achievements of Jean (Hans) Arp (1886-1966), one of the most important and multifaceted artists of the modern era.  As a founder of the international Dada movement during World War I, Arp pioneered the use of chance, spontaneity, and collaboration as artistic processes and subsequently developed a vocabulary of curving, organic forms that was to become the lingua franca for several generations of artists.  Arp’s sculptures, begun in the early 1930s, often have no use for a pedestal, can be turned in different orientations, and seem to pulse with incipient life. In later years, he put his sculptures through complex processes of fragmentation, casting, recasting, and enlarging. Almost alone among artists of his generation, Arp worked at the forefront of abstraction as well as the Dada and Surrealist movements.  The Nature of Arp will present a compelling new look at an artist whose experimental approach to creation, radical rethinking of traditional art forms, and collaborative proclivities resonate with the wide-ranging character of art today. Bringing together more than 80 objects, including sculptures, reliefs, collages, drawings, textiles, and books, The Nature of Arp will include works drawn from prominent U.S. and European museums, foundations, and private collections. Organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center, the exhibition will be accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue including essays by several authors, including Catherine Craft, Nasher Curator and curator of the exhibition. The Nature of Arp is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

The Nature of Arp
Jean (Hans) Arp, Human Concentration, 1934
Marble, 13 ¼ x 16 x 15 ½ in. (33.7 x 40.6 x 39.4 cm)
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Sightings: Anne Le Troter
October 27, 2018 – February 19, 2019
Artist’s first U.S. commission will consider ethics of eugenics in a linguistic score and site-specific installation
As part of the Nasher Sculpture Center’s Sightings series of smaller-scale exhibitions and installations that highlight new work of emerging or established artists, the Nasher will present Sightings: Anne Le Troter in the fall of 2018. For this commission, Le Troter is developing a sound piece based on her research on fertility tourism and the history of sperm banks in the U.S., where the lack of governmental regulation has resulted in the rise of so-called “designer babies”—children whose genetic makeup can be preselected based on the characteristics of the donor. In the artist’s home country of France, donor conception is arranged exclusively by the state via 23 state owned centers for the study and conservation of human eggs and sperm. There, both sperm and egg donations are entirely anonymous and French law prohibits sharing any identifying information about the donor or recipient. The U.S. is one of the few places in the world where recipients can review the profiles of potential sperm and egg donors before making a selection and many banks also provide audio recordings that describe donors’ physical characteristics, personalities, and intelligence. As part of her research, Le Troter signed up as a customer at a cryobank based in Virginia where she gained access to over 400 donor audio recordings. For the Nasher exhibition, Le Troter will splice together and layer excerpts of the original recordings to create a linguistic score reminiscent of and inspired by such science fiction novels as Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932), George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985). Titled Anticipation, Le Troter’s sound piece considers the ethics of eugenics as well as the dystopic future of state regulated vs. free market fertility. Sightings: Anne Le Troter is the artist’s first U.S. commission and will be Le Troter’s first work in the English language. For an excerpt of Le Troter’s Anticipation currently in progress, please follow this link: https://soundcloud.com/user359763335/anticipation-anne-le-troter

Lectures and Events

May 17/ 9 p.m.

Nasher Sculpture Center

Grubnik + Suzanne

Presented by SOLUNA

Jeff Gibbons and Gregory Ruppe, two of Dallas’s most respected creators, present the world premiere of their artwork Grubnik + Suzanne.

Experience this immersive installation, which includes a performative element by vocal artist Liz Tonne, and utilizes sound technology invented by the artists to present a psychologically charged experience.

Open to the public.

FREE with RSVP.

RSVP to nashersculpturecenter.org/engage

 

May 18 / 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

‘til Midnight at the Nasher

Julie Byrne and Vagabon

A music-playing nomad, Julie Byrne has toured the world. Her vast amount of experience lends a credibility to her stark take on 1970s-era song craft that stands out from most acoustic-based folk singers.

The Cameroon-born singer/songwriter—aka Laetitia Tamko–had a breakout year in 2017 and recently enjoyed an appearance on NPR’s popular Tiny Desk concert series.

Open to the public.

FREE admission.

Learn more at nashersculpturecenter.org/til-midnight

 

May 24  / 6 p.m.

Nasher Sculpture Center

Workshop: Sound Off

Immerse yourself in artist Luke Fowler’s site-specific sound installation in the Nasher Garden. Then get ready to turn up the volume as we compose an original soundscape inspired by our surroundings. This workshop is designed for adults ages 17+. Learn something new, have a snack and get creative.

Open to the public.

FREE for Members.

$10 for Non-members.

Advance registration required.

Learn more at nashersculpturecenter.org/engage

 

June 2 / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Nasher Sculpture Center

Target First Saturdays

Bring the kids and enjoy FREE admission and fun family programming on the first Saturday of every month.

Big Idea: Collecting

Art Project: Collection Collage

FREE Admission 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Family Activities 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Learn more at nashersculpturecenter.org/engage

 

June 2 – August 11

Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge

Both reading and art can take your imagination on wonderful journeys. This summer the Nasher invites you to create a work of art that you can keep with you while you read. Pick up an entry form at the Nasher or your local Dallas Public Library branch. Learn more at nashersculpturecenter.org/learn

 

June 11 – 15 / 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., daily

Nasher Sculpture Center

Nasher Kids Camp

Have you got design on your mind? Have you seen it on a sign? Design is everywhere, in what we use and what we wear. Spend a week at our place and design your own space. We will learn as we play, with a new theme every day.

Open to students who have completed 1st – 5th grade in 2018.

Members $125. Non-Members $150.

Registration deadline is May 18.

Learn more at nashersculpturecenter.org/learn

 

June 9 / 9 – 11 a.m.

Dallas Zoo

Kids Club: Dallas Zoo

Enjoy a morning of family-friendly art-making at the Dallas Zoo, a Kids Club partner institution.

Open to Members at the Moore Circle ($125) and above. Learn more at nashersculpturecenter.org/member-events.

 

June 15 / 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Nasher Sculpture Center

‘til Midnight at the Nasher
This Will Destroy You: Performing S/T and Young Mountain in their entirety
 (San Marcos, TX/Los Angeles): Long-running instrumentalists This Will Destroy You will celebrate the tenth anniversary of their eponymous 2008 studio album by performing their record in its entirety. The band will also play the coveted Young Mountain record in full.

Open to the public.

FREE admission.

Learn more at nashersculpturecenter.org/til-midnight

 

 

 

June 25 – 29 / 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., daily

Nasher Sculpture Center

Nasher Summer Institute for Teens

Meet other students who love art, work with artists and get advice from professionals in the art community.

Teachers may nominate students who have completed 9-12th grade in 2018.

FREE for selected students.

Learn more at nashersculpturecenter.org/learn

REGISTRATION IS FULL FOR THIS PROGRAM

 

July 4

Independence Day / Museum Closed

 

July 7 / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Nasher Sculpture Center

Target First Saturdays

Bring the kids and enjoy free admission and fun family programming on the first Saturday of every month.

Big Idea: Construction

Art Project: Build-it Boxes

FREE Admission 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Family Activities 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Learn more at nashersculpturecenter.org/engage

 

July 9 – 13 / 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., daily

Museum Forum for Teachers:

Modern and Contemporary Art

Museum Forum is an immersive weeklong summer program for educators presented by The Warehouse, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Kimbell Art Museum, and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

$250 tuition includes all instruction, materials, and lunch each day.

Learn more at nashersculpturecenter.org/learn

 

July 18, 19 or 20 / 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Nasher Sculpture Center

Destination Dallas Summer Architecture Workshop

Join architect and educator Peter Goldstein, AIA for an exciting one-day look at the intersection of natural and built environments in the Dallas Arts District.

Open to students who have completed 8th – 12th grade in 2018.

FREE Admission.

Registration deadline is May 31.

Learn more at nashersculpturecenter.org/learn

 

July 20 / 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Nasher Sculpture Center

‘til Midnight at the Nasher

Julianna Barwick (New York) with Mary Lattimore (Los Angeles): 

Combining two ancient aspects of music—the voice and the harp, respectively—with contemporary technology, Julianna Barwick and Mary Lattimore are noted for their unusual approach to looping effects. Barwick has stunned audiences worldwide with a sound that’s been described by the New York Times as “churchly and vaguely Renaissance, but also very now.” The sight of Lattimore’s Lyon and Healy Concert Grand harp taking the stage is a spectacle unto itself.

Open to the public.

FREE Admission.

Learn more at nashersculpturecenter.org/til-midnight

 

August 4 / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Nasher Sculpture Center

Target First Saturdays

Bring the kids and enjoy free admission and fun family programming on the first Saturday of every month.

Big Idea: Process

Art Project: Process Postcards

FREE Admission 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Family Activities 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Learn more at nashersculpturecenter.org/engage

 

August 17 / 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Nasher Sculpture Center

‘til Midnight at the Nasher

Tess Roby (Montreal):

Tess Roby’s live act includes her brother Eliot Roby on guitar. Having premiered her “Ballad 5” single on the influential Dallas music website Gorilla vs Bear last May, Tess Roby is embarking on her first headlining tour this year. Roby’s single was released by Italians Do It Better, the internationally-acclaimed record label that has had a significant impact on the synthesizer-heavy sound of both dance music and soundtracks of the past decade.

Open to the public.

FREE Admission.

Learn more at nashersculpturecenter.org/til-midnight

 

 

August 25 / 2 p.m.

360: Speaker Series

Tauba Auerbach, Artist

San Francisco-born, New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach has described her work as an attempt to reveal “new spectral and dimensional richness… both within and beyond the limits of perception.”

Open to the public.

FREE with admission.

FREE for Members and students.

RSVP to nashersculpturecenter.org/360

Watch 360 Speaker Series videos at nashersc.org/360archive

 

September 1 / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Nasher Sculpture Center

Target First Saturdays

Bring the kids and enjoy free admission and fun family programming on the first Saturday of every month.

Big Idea: Family

Art Project: Family Frames

FREE Admission 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Family Activities 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Learn more at nashersculpturecenter.org/engage

 

September 8 / 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Nasher Sculpture Center

Workshop: Ice, Ice Baby

Have your cake and eat it too as we create edible art in the medium of frosting. Join a renowned pastry chef for a lesson in icing techniques let your palate guide your palette.

This workshop is designed for adults ages 17+. Learn something new, eat some cake and get creative.

Open to the public.

FREE for Members.

$10 for Non-members.

Advance registration required.

Learn more at nashersculpturecenter.org/engage

 

September 13 / 6:30 p.m.

Nasher Sculpture Center

Patron Dinner

The Nature of Arp

Join us for a cocktail reception and exhibition viewing, followed by the annual Patron Dinner, held in celebration of the opening of The Nature of Arp.

Open to Members at the Brancusi Circle ($2,500) and above. RSVP to 214.242.5152 or to patron@nashersculpturecenter.org.

 

September 14 / 7 – 9 p.m.

Nasher Sculpture Center

Member Preview

The Nature of Arp

Explore The Nature of Arp before it opens to the public. Join us for a Members-exclusive exhibition preview and reception.

Open to all Members. RSVP to 214.242.5154 or to memberevents@nashersculpturecenter.org.

 

 

September 15

Nasher Sculpture Center

360: Speaker Series

The Nature of Arp Symposium

Join us on opening weekend of The Nature of Arp for a thoughtful discussion about the work of one of the most important and multifaceted artists of the modern era.

Open to the public.

FREE with admission.

FREE for Members and students.

RSVP to nashersculpturecenter.org/360

Watch 360 Speaker Series videos at nashersc.org/360archive

 

September 21 / 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Nasher Sculpture Center

‘til Midnight at the Nasher

CCFX (Olympia, Washington):

A new super-group hailing from Olympia, Washington, CCFX is the result of a merger between two Olympia pop music outfits, CC Dust and Trans FX. On their debut self-titled EP, artists Chris McDonnell, Mirče Popovic, Mary Jane Dunphe and David Jaques offer a record that is at once a showcase and aberration of what is currently coming out of the Pacific Northwest.

Open to the public.

FREE Admission.

Learn more at nashersculpturecenter.org/til-midnight

 

September 22 / 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Nasher Sculpture Center

Workshop: This Bud’s for You

Plant yourself among the organic forms of artist Jean Arp, who was inspired by the organic growth of buds bursting from a tree and the curves of living bodies. Enjoy a guided discussion in the galleries then become a budding artist by creating your own biomorphic artwork. This workshop is designed for adults ages 17+. Learn something new, have a snack and get creative.

Open to the public.

FREE for Members.

$10 for Non-members.

Advance registration required.

Learn more at nashersculpturecenter.org/engage

 

September 29 / 9 – 11 a.m.

Nasher Sculpture Center

Kids Club: Nasher Sculpture Center

Enjoy a morning of family-friendly art-making led by North Texas artists, guided tours, a scavenger hunt, and more at the Nasher.

Open to Members at the Moore Circle ($125) and above. Learn more at nashersculpturecenter.org/member-events.

Gail Sachson Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Gail Sachson

Congratulations to Gail Sachson, MFA, SMU, founder and owner of “Ask Me About Art”, on her Lifetime Achievement Award given this November by the Business Council for the Arts, founded by Ray Nasher, to encourage businesses to support the Arts and Artists.

Nasher Sculpture Center Exhibitions and Events

First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone
January 27, 2018 – April 29, 2018
Groundbreaking exhibition presents ancient tools and gathered objects as evidence of the earliest forms of artistic intention
 
First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone, an exhibition exploring prehistoric tools and collected objects as evidence of the beginnings of artistic intention and craft, is the first museum exhibition to present ancient handaxes as works of art. Traditionally understood as the longest-used tool in human history, the handaxe is equally fascinating for its non-utilitarian, aesthetic qualities. While handaxes are not rare—thousands have been discovered throughout the world—First Sculpture will present a refined and exemplary collection of these objects, which date from 2.5 million to 50,000 years old, as evidence of the earliest forms of artistic intention. The exhibition highlights the aesthetic qualities of each stone and provides crucial historical and scientific information to give the viewer a deeper understanding of human history, as well as an enriched appreciation for humankind’s early ability to sculpt beautiful objects. Whether carved from visually interesting stones using stone flaking techniques, called knapping, or rendered at unusual sizes that would inhibit use of the object as a tool, a case can be made for the handaxe as the first sculpture our prehistoric ancestors conceived. The exhibition also explores figure stones—naturally occurring stones that carry shapes and patterns that resemble human or animal forms, especially faces, and which were gathered by prehistoric people. The stones, which sometimes show evidence of modification, indicate an inclination to recognize figuration within nature much earlier than has been generally accepted. The exhibition is the product of a unique curatorial collaboration between Los Angeles-based artist Tony Berlant and anthropologist Dr. Thomas Wynn, Distinguished Professor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Artist Unknown, Handaxe knapped around a fossil shell, Ca. 500,000-300,000, FlintWest Tofts, Norfolk, England, Approx. 5 ¼ x 3 in. (13.3 x 7.6 cm) Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge

 
A Tradition of Revolution
May 12 – August 19, 2018
Permanent collection exhibition explores themes of revolution and unrest as manifest in sculpture
 
The Nasher Collection represents a compendium of revolutionary ideas: Art of the last 150 years can largely be seen as a continuous re-evaluation of norms and accepted practices, an extended period of cultural innovation with each generation of artists pushing against or blazing new trails from the new ground established by the preceding generation. A brief selection includes Medardo Rosso’s radical experiments with the casting process to express the sweet ephemerality of experience; the seismic shift caused by Pablo Picasso’s development of the visual language of Cubism; Naum Gabo’s use of newly developed, space-age materials expressing the technological ethos of the age and effectively dematerializing sculpture; as well as the ever finer distillation of form to its essentials beginning with Brancusi and running through Minimalism to the present day.  Artists working today continue to pursue many of these developments, adding their unique, contemporary perspectives and broadening the potential meanings of the forms. A Tradition of Revolution presents a cross-section of the Nasher Collection and the sculptural innovations of the last 150 years within the context of concurrent philosophical, scientific, and societal shifts.  Ranging from the beginnings of Modernism in the work of Rodin, Gauguin, and others to radical experiments of the present day, the exhibition will include works never before seen at the Nasher, including several recent acquisitions.

Sol LeWitt Modular Cube/Base, 1968, Painted steel, 20 1/8 x 58 ½ x 58 ½in. (51.1 x 148.6 x 148.6 cm) Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas © 2018 Estate of Sol LeWitt / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Photo: David Wharton

 
Sightings: Luke Fowler
May 12 – August 19, 2018
First-ever sound work to be presented at the Nasher, commissioned in partnership with Lismore Castle Arts, Ireland
 
Nasher Sculpture Center and Lismore Castle Arts, Ireland—two institutions with unique outdoor settings for art, one a contemporary garden in a dynamic urban setting and the other a lush garden at an ancient castle in a bucolic rural setting—have jointly commissioned Luke Fowler to create a new sound sculpture for both locations. For this commission, Fowler draws on practices of focused listening and architectural acoustics to create a multi-channel sound installation. Using everyday objects and acoustic environments unique to each site, Fowler will create compositions that subtly examine the material history of the two sites and their acoustic qualities. The work premiered at Lismore in August, presented in one of the medieval defensive towers surrounding the garden.  Fowler will next travel to Dallas to take recordings of objects at the site, use the recordings to create a new sonic composition, and install the new sound composition in a resonant part of the Nasher garden. The exhibition is part of the Nasher Sculpture Center’s Sightings series of smaller-scale exhibitions and installations that highlight new work of emerging or established artists.

Luke Fowler, Gone Reflections, August 19 –October 15, 2017, Installation view at Lismore CastleArts, Lismore, Ireland

Nasher Sculpture Center Events and Speaker Series

The artists in Paper into Sculpture, including Marco Maggi, Joshua Neustein, Nancy Rubins, and others, play on tensions between commonly held understandings of sculpture and what paper can and cannot do, pushed to physical limits.

360 Speaker Series: Panel Discussion

Paper Into Sculpture

October 14, 2017
11 am

The artists in Paper into Sculpture, including Marco Maggi, Joshua Neustein, Nancy Rubins, and others, play on tensions between commonly held understandings of sculpture and what paper can and cannot do, pushed to physical limits.

Open to the public. Free with admission. Free for Members. Free for Students with ID. Complimentary wine reception with RSVP.

 

Treating paper as a material with a palpable three-dimensional presence rather than as a mere support for mark-making, they use processes ranging from tearing, crumpling, and cutting to scattering, binding and adhering to create sculptural works that take a variety of forms, with a varied range of expressive and conceptual implications. Even as the shift to digitized images, virtual reality, and social media has been said to herald its obsolescence, paper nonetheless remains inescapable in our daily lives.  Accessible to all, paper endures as the site of notes, lists, price tags, reminders, sketches, ads – at once the most mundane and the most intimate of communication media, and the most readily discarded.  As concerns about humanity’s impact on the environment intensify, paper is also one of the most persistent reminders of our connections to nature through the cyclical aspect of its creation, disposal, and regeneration through recycling.  Derived largely from plants fibers, paper also ages and degrades, its fragility inspiring metaphorical associations with human corporeality and vulnerability.

Soundings: New Music at the Nasher

Paddle to the Sea (World Premiere)

October 18, 2017
7:30 p.m.

2017-2018 Soundings: New Music at the Nasher season tickets are now on sale. Individuals tickets will be made available one month prior to the performance.

This world premiere of Third Coast Percussion’s new performance project based on the classic children’s book and Academy Award-nominated film Paddle to the Sea. Looking at our relationship to the bodies of water that connect our lives, Paddle to the Sea tells the story of a Native Canadian boy who carves a wooden figure called Paddle-to-the-Sea and sets him on a journey through all five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and finally to the Atlantic Ocean. The story underscores the geographic, economic, and cultural connections formed by our shared waterways, and asks us to consider the human impact on the waters that help us transport our goods, provide our electrical power, bathe ourselves, cook our food, and quench our thirst.

Providing a live “soundtrack”, Third Coast Percussion performs works inspired by impressions of water and the natural world by Philip Glass, Jacob Druckman, traditional music of the Shona people of Zimbabwe, and music of its own, creating a performance that flows seamlessly throughout the course of the film.

This project was the brainchild of Tom Welsh, Director of Performing Arts at the Cleveland Museum of Art. It was developed at Third Coast Percussion’s Yellow Barn Artist Residency in October 2016.

 

Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony presents Sachs’ distinctive reworking of chanoyu, or traditional Japanese tea ceremony—including the myriad elements essential to that intensely ritualistic universe. In the Nasher’s indoor galleries, Sachs will set a tea house in a garden accessorized with objects of use and contemplation, all made from commonplace materials easily procured at local art supply stores or through the McMaster-Carr hardware catalogue.

Tea Ceremony and Tour with Johnny Fogg

October 21, 2017 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; November 18, 2017 3 p.m.; November 19, 2017 11 a.m.; December 9-10, 2017 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Tom Sachs’s friend and colleague in tea, Johnny Fogg, will give an informative tour of the tea garden and will perform tea ceremony.

During the course of the exhibition, Tom Sachs’s friend and colleague in tea, Johnny Fogg, will perform tea ceremonies. The tea ceremony is an intimate experience. The teahouse can accommodate only 2 to 3 guests to take part in the tea ceremony, but the walls of the teahouse will be removed, enabling all visitors to observe the ceremony. Tea ceremony audiences are limited to 30 visitors. The performance will last 1.5 hours, with a question and answer session following the performance.  Teahouse guests for each performance will be decided by lottery. If you are interested in participating in the ceremony as a guest in the teahouse, you will receive instructions on how to do so after making your reservation.

$10 for non-Members. FREE for Members.

 

Nathan Carter and The DRAMASTICS

The DRAMASTICS: A Punk Rock Victory Twister in Texas

Exhibition viewing, film screening and performance.

October 26, 2017

Film screening at 10:30 p.m.

Performance at 11 p.m.

In a fantastical cornucopia of color, form, and gesture, Nathan Carter presents the story of a fictional punk rock band who call themselves The DRAMASTICS. The band and the world Carter created for them are the focus of his first video titled The DRAMASTICS are Loud AF (2016), which tells the story of the group’s rise to stardom in a series of vignettes, starting with The DRAMASTICS’ formation at Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas and ending incredibly with a world tour finale in Paris. Carter’s choice of unlikely video subject—an all-girl punk rock band—was inspired by his love for such rock groups as The Slits, Blondie, and Bikini Kill, as Carter describes, “I wanted to be around sweaty, angry punk rock women. It’s as simple as that.” To create the video, Carter wrote a script based on his observations of teenage chatter to ensure that the dialogue mimicked the speaking patterns, colloquialisms and coded language of the characters he was creating. He also wrote and recorded all of the music and constructed dioramas as scenes for his paper cutout characters to inhabit. For his exhibition in the Nasher’s Corner Gallery, Carter presents this video, together with a selection of dioramas that transport the viewer into the colorful and chaotic world of The DRAMASTICS.

360 Speaker Series: Nathan Carter

Exhibition Artist

October 27, 2017
11 am

Artist Nathan Carter will speak about his Nasher exhibition The DRAMASTICS: A Punk Rock Victory Twister in Texas, a fantastical cornucopia of color, form and gesture: an alternate realm that combines the story of Nathan Carter’s fictional punk rock band, which originates at Booker T. Washington High School, with his own studio productions and activities.

This program will take place in the Montgomery Arts Theatre at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Open to the public. Free with admission. Free for Members. Free for Students with ID. Complimentary wine reception with RSVP.

With the introduction of figuration in to his work, the artist presents his first film titled The DRAMASTICS Are Loud AF, first debuted at the MCA Denver in fall 2016. The film chronicles the adventures of The DRAMASTICS, a punk band made out of paper and wire cutout figures set in dioramas. For his exhibition in the Nasher’s Corner Gallery, Carter will present his film with the dioramic environs created for the film in an amalgam of textiles, collages, works on paper, and a full-size sound stage, on view from October 27 to December 31, 2017.

Nathan Carter Biography

Nathan Carter (b. 1970) was born in Dallas and now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his MFA from the Yale University School of Art and has held solo exhibitions at institutions such as Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Blaffer Art Museum, Houston; Museo de Arte Raul Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico; and ArtPace, San Antonio.

360 Speaker Series: Tauba Auerbach

Artist

November 11, 2017
2 pm

San Francisco-born, New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach has described her work as an attempt to reveal “new spectral and dimensional richness…both within and beyond the limits of perception.”

Open to the public. Free with admission. Free for Members. Free for Students with ID. Complimentary wine reception with RSVP.

Engaging a variety of media, ranging from painting and photography to book design and musical performance, Auerbach explores the limits of our structures and systems of logic (linguistic, mathematical, spatial) and the points at which they break down and open up onto new visual and poetic possibilities.

Tauba Auerbach studied at Stanford University and has had numerous solo exhibitions including Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK; Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; Malmö Konsthall, Sweden; Wiels Contemporary Art Center, Belgium; Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA; as well participated in numerous group exhibitions in institutions such as the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design, Prague, Czech Republic; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA; and Musee D’Art Moderne, Paris, France. She also runs the press and publishing houe Diagonal Press.

A Space Program Film Screening

December 10, 2017

In A Space Program, artist Tom Sachs takes us on an intricately handmade journey to the red planet, providing audiences with an intimate, first-person look into his studio and methods. The film is both a work of art in its own right and a recording of Sachs’s historic performance, Space Program 2.0: MARS, performed at New York’s Park Avenue Armory in 2012.

A Space Program

A Film by Tom Sachs and Van Neistat

2015

72 minutes runtime

In A Space Program, artist Tom Sachs takes us on an intricately handmade journey to the red planet, providing audiences with an intimate, first-person look into his studio and methods. The film is both a work of art in its own right and a recording of Sachs’s historic performance, Space Program 2.0: MARS, performed at New York’s Park Avenue Armory in 2012.

For Space Program 2.0: MARS, Tom and his team built an entire space program from scratch. They were guided by the philosophy of bricolage: creating and constructing from available yet limited resources. They ultimately sent two female astronauts to Mars in search of the answer to humankind’s ultimate question: Are we alone?

The film also contains the origins of Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony: The two astronauts turn to tea ceremony to resolve a conflict between them and establish civilization on the red planet.

Directed by Van Neistat.

FREE with Admission.
FREE for Nasher Members.

 

The Richard Brettell Award in the Arts Names Peter Walker as First Recipient

Peter Walker

Peter Walker

The Richard Brettell Award in the Arts at UT Dallas, established in 2016 with an endowment from Mrs. Eugene McDermott, recognizes the essential and fundamental role of the arts in the life of the university. The award honors an artist working in or between any of the broad spectrum of artistic endeavors, including the visual arts, music, literature, performance, and architecture/design.

 

Given every other year, the award consists of a prize of $150,000 and a week’s residence on the UT Dallas campus and in Dallas, during which the awardee will present a major public lecture and interact in a variety of venues with the students, staff and faculty of UT Dallas and with the larger arts community of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Prospective awardees will be nominated by the Brettell Award Advisory Committee, composed of international leaders in arts and culture, with the selection of the awardee being made by an Executive Committee composed of university and community leaders.

 

The concept of the Brettell Award is inspired by the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT, created by the McDermott Family at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974. The MIT McDermott Award is also made every other year, and it is planned to schedule the two events in alternating years.

 

Landscape architect Peter Walker was the first recipient of the Brettell Award. Founder of PWP Landscape Architecture, Walker designed the ongoing campus enhancement at UT Dallas and the Nasher Sculpture Center. His other projects include the National September 11 Memorial in New York, which he designed with Michael Arad.

 

Events surrounding Peter Walker’s stay in Dallas included talks by the landscape architect on his work designing the UT Dallas promenade and a discussion titled Whither Art History in Dallas? The Arts District or the University of Texas at Dallas Campus? at the Nasher Sculpture Center with Jeremy Strick, Director of the Nasher Sculpture Center; Peter Walker; Gary Cunningham, Founder and President of Cunningham Architects; and Dr. Richard Brettell, the Margaret M. McDermott Distinguished Chair and the Founding Director of the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History.

 

PRESS

Read the Dallas Morning News article here announcing Peter Walker as the winner.

More from UTD’s press release.

Greetings from the Assistant Director

As we welcome the arrival of autumn in Texas, the O’Donnell Institute is already hard at work bringing together two major symposia for the spring semester. 

The first is presented in collaboration with the Crow Collection of Asian Art on the occasion of the exhibition Clay Between Two Seas: From the Abbasid Court to Puebla de Los Angeles. The exhibition traces the journey of ceramic technology from China to the Islamic world to the Americas, and the development of Talavera pottery in baroque Puebla. The symposium will bring together important scholars of Asian, Islamic, and New World ceramics for a day of lectures and gallery conversations. Save the date: Saturday, January 14, 2017. 

 

Jar with Chinese double curved handles, Puebla de los Angeles, New Spain, 17th century, tin glaze earthenware with cobalt blue on white glaze, Museo Franz Mayer

Jar with Chinese double curved handles, Puebla de los Angeles, New Spain, 17th century, tin glaze earthenware with cobalt blue on white glaze, Museo Franz Mayer

 

In February, with the participation of the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center, we will present Artists’ Writings on Materials and Techniques. The symposium brings together art historians, curators, and conservators to explore a broad range of artists’ writings on working practices and to address the complicated relationship between artists’ visual and textual work. In lectures and roundtable conversations, participants will also discuss how these writings inform our own work as scholars, curators, and conservators. Two keynotes will be given by our distinguished guests Dr. James Meyer (DIA) and Dr. Michael Cole (Columbia), and we are also honored to welcome Carol Mancusi-Ungaro (The Whitney) as a contributor to a roundtable conversation. Save the date: Friday-Saturday, February 24-25, 2017, and RSVP via our Programs page here.

On the horizon: we are in the very early stages of planning our next major symposium for fall 2017 or spring 2018 on the topic of The Artists Workshop as a Site of Collaboration 1300-1700. More details to follow soon! In the meantime, we look forward to welcoming you at our upcoming workshop talks and gatherings.

Michelangelo Buonarotti, Manuscript of Sonnet 5 with self-portrait, c. 1509–1510, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence

Michelangelo Buonarotti, Manuscript of Sonnet 5 with self-portrait, c. 1509–1510, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence

 

Dr. Sarah K. Kozlowski

Assistant Director

The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History

Nasher Sculpture Center Exhibitions and Events

Kathryn Andrews, “Bozo”™ “The World’s Most Famous Clown” Bop Bag with Occasional Performance (Blue Variation), 2014, Aluminum, vinyl, polyurethane, chrome-plated steel, and performance, 92 x 36 x 36 in. (233.7 x 91.4 x 91.4 cm) Hesta Collection, Switzerland

Kathryn Andrews, “Bozo”™ “The World’s Most Famous Clown” Bop Bag with Occasional Performance (Blue Variation), 2014, Aluminum, vinyl, polyurethane, chrome-plated steel, and performance, 92 x 36 x 36 in. (233.7 x 91.4 x 91.4 cm). Hesta Collection, Switzerland

Kathryn Andrews: Run for President

September 10, 2016 – January 8, 2017

 

Sightings: Michael Dean

October 22, 2016 – February 5, 2017

 

Nasher Prize

Saturday, November 12 / 2 pm
Rachel Rose, Artist