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Nasher Sculpture Center: Nasher Public

Location: Texas, USA

Dates: 15 October 2020 – 31 December 2022

Curator: The project is steered by the Nasher curatorial team of Chief Curator Jed Morse, Curator Catherine Craft, and Associate Curator Leigh Arnold, with especial support from project advisors artist Annette Lawrence and Founder of the Power Station, Alden Pinnell.

Nasher Public is a public art initiative which aims to generate access to public art by Texas artists at the Nasher and throughout the greater Dallas community.

Inspired by the success of the summer 2020 series Nasher Windows, which safely presented art to the public in the Nasher Sculpture Center’s vestibule while the museum was closed due to the pandemic, Nasher Public launched with a series of monthly exhibitions, each presenting work by emerging and established artists in a newly constituted gallery space directly accessible from the Nasher’s entrance foyer. The Public Gallery is open to the public free of charge during the museum and viewable through the windows during off hours.

Currently On View

Nasher Public: Celia Eberle

at Nasher Sculpture Center

Celia Eberle’s Nasher Public installation addresses issues of power, propaganda, and the threat of manipulation through her installation of Waiting for Robot (2022), a giant robotic hand puppeteering a number of tiny dancing sculptures to a soundtrack of original techno music. Nearby, a floating castle of bones titled Promise (2022) represents escapist dreams of superior wealth, the promise of a heavenly afterlife, and a reason to keep dancing, as the artist describes… Learn More

Nasher Public: Liss LaFleur

at Nasher Sculpture Center

For her Nasher Public installation, Liss LaFleur presents the inaugural exhibition of The Queer Birth Project, a collaborative arts and research-based project that promotes a radically inclusive view of pregnancy, birth, and family building. … Learn More

Nasher Public: Alicia Eggert

at 2000 Ross Avenue

For her Nasher Public commission at 2001 Ross Avenue, Alicia Eggert has made The Time for Becoming. A steel structure with red neon lettering, the work of art shifts between messages. “NOW IS ONLY FOR THE TIME BEING” changes to “NOW IS ALWAYS THE TIME FOR BECOMING.” The work continues Eggert’s philosophical exploration of language and time. Using the language of commercial signage such as neon, steel, plastic, inflatables, and flowers, Eggert poses existential conundrums. Learn More

Nasher Public: Artstillery

at Lone Star Missionary Baptist Church, 323 West Main Street

Artstillery, an experimental performance group based in the Dallas neighborhood of Oak Cliff, has been working for five years with the residents of West Main Street, a tiny neighborhood with a long history in West Dallas, documenting their stories and working to save important structures that are quickly disappearing due to rapid gentrification in the area. The project, called Family Dollar (2016–2021), is… Learn More

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