Opened in 2003, the Nasher Sculpture Center is a museum in Dallas, Texas, that houses the Patsy and Raymond Nasher collection of modern and contemporary sculpture. It is located on a 2.4acre site adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art in the Dallas Arts District.
Patsy and Raymond Nasher began collecting sculpture in the 1950s. Together they formed a comprehensive collection of masterpieces by Harry Bertoia, Constantin Brâncuși, Alexander Calder, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Paul Gauguin, Willem de Kooning, Mark di Suvero, Alberto Giacometti, Barbara Hepworth, Ellsworth Kelly, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Claes Oldenburg, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Richard Serra, and David Smith, among others.
In 1997, Raymond Nasher acquired a plot of land in downtown Dallas across the street from the Dallas Museum of Art and hired architect Renzo Piano to design the Nasher Sculpture Center. The Nasher Foundation funded the entire $70 million cost of designing and constructing the museum, which includes indoor and outdoor galleries. The Sculpture Center opened in 2003 and features a regularly changing exhibition of works from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection. By placing the facility on what was formerly part of the old Caruth family farm of circa 1850, Ray Nasher began the realization of the Arts District in Dallas, which has since been enhanced by the construction of the Winspear Opera House and the Wyly Theater.
Architecture and garden
Renzo Piano, winner of the Pritzker Prize in 1998, is the architect of the Center's 55000sqft building; he had been selected after Nasher met him at the opening of the Beyeler Foundation in Basel, Switzerland, in 1997. Piano has designed several critically acclaimed art museums; foremost among them are the Beyeler Museum in Basel, the Menil Collection in Houston, and Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris . He has been praised as an architect who has the genius to meld art, architecture, and advanced engineering to create some of the most remarkable museums in the world.
Piano worked in collaboration with landscape architect Peter Walker of PWP Landscape Architecture on the design of the 2acre Garden. Walker has exerted a significant impact on the field of landscape architecture over a four-decade career. The scope of Mr. Walker's landscape projects is expansive and varied. It ranges from small gardens to new cities, corporate headquarters and academic campuses to urban plazas.
The building was constructed by The Beck Group, which also served as associate architect.
The facility opened in 2003 in a 55,000-square-foot building on a 2.4-acre site adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art. Reflective glare of the nearby Museum Tower, constructed in 2012, comes in through the glass roof, putting portions of the collection at risk of damage).
The museum has two levels: the ground level houses three galleries, institute offices, a boardroom and a gift shop. The garden terraces downward to the auditorium, creating an open-air theatre.
The Nasher Sculpture Center features rotating exhibitions drawn from the Nasher Collection as well as special exhibitions in its indoor and outdoor galleries. Among the major exhibitions organized by the Nasher are Matisse: Painter as Sculptor, the first Matisse sculpture retrospective in the U.S. in 20 years; Tony Cragg: Seeing Things, the first major U.S. museum exhibition of the artist in 20 years; and Variable States: Intention, Appearance, and Interpretation in Modern Sculpture, an exhibition and symposium on sculpture conservation organized in conjunction with the Getty. The Nasher Sculpture Center has also presented Jaume Plensa: Genus and Species; Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy; and Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective.
Monthly events include Target First Saturdays for children and families, Til Midnight featuring Al Fresco dining, twilight strolls, bands and movies, and the NasherSalon series which welcomes distinguished speakers for an evening of discourse on art, architecture, and other cultural topics of interest.
360 Speaker Series: Artists, Critics, Curators
- 2016 Speakers
Ann Veronica Janssens / Piero Golia with Ann Goldstein / Mai-Thu Perret / Martha Thorne / Agents, Advisors, Devils and Apostates: A New Art World, Panel Discussion / Plaster: Medium and Process, Panel Discussion / Kathryn Andrews / Michael Dean / Rachel Rose
- 2015 Speakers
Melvin Edwards / Stories from the French Sculpture Census / Iván Navarro / Jonathan Hammer / Phyllida Barlow with Tyler Green / Philip Beesley / Giuseppe Penone / Alex Israel / Edmund de Waal
- 2014 Speakers
Thomas Heatherwick / Anna-Bella Papp / Sarah Thorton / Tony Tasset / David Bates / Not Vital / Bettina Pousttchi / Mark Grotjahn / Tod Lippy / Liz Glynn
- 2013 Speakers
Mark Dion / Ken Price Sculpture Panel / Heather Cook / Matthew Collings / Nathan Mabry / Liz Larner / Katharina Grosse / Lewis Kachur / Analia Saban / Return to Earth Symposium / Nasher XChange Panel / Make Art with Purpose Panel / Charles Long with Tyler Green
- 2012 Speakers
Elliott Hundley / Tony Feher / Trenton Doyle Hancock / Erick Swenson / Ernesto Neto / Joseph Havel / The Art Guys / Kathryn Andrews / Lawrence Weiner / Catherine Craft / Eva Rothschild
- 2011 Speakers
Charles Renfro / Jessica Holmes/ Alfredo Jaar / A Conversation on Statuesque / Charles Long / Aaron Curry and Thomas Houseago / Annette Lawrence / Heather Rowe / Tony Cragg / Diana Al-Hadid / Lawrence Weschler/ Dore Ashton with Michael Corris
- 2010 Speakers
Michael Craig-Martin/ Adam Silverman and Nader Tehrani / William Jeffett / Allegra Pesenti / Linda Ridgway / Evan Holloway / Rick Lowe / Richard R. Brettell and Joachim Pissarro / Michael Corris / Antony Gormley / Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art Panel
- Sightings: Michael Dean: October 22, 2016 - February 5, 2017
- Kathryn Andrews: Run for President: September 10, 2016 - January 8, 2017
- Joel Shapiro: May 7, 2016 - August 21, 2016
- Doris Salcedo: Plegaria Muda: February 27, 2016 - April 17, 2016
- Sightings: Mai-Thu Perret: March 12, 2016 - July 17, 2016
- Ann Veronica Janssens: January 23, 2016—April 17, 2016
- Sightings: Alex Israel: October 24, 2015 — January 31, 2016
- Piero Golia: Chalet Dallas: October 3, 2015 — February 7, 2016
- Giuseppe Penone: Being the River, Repeating the Forest: September 19, 2015—January 10, 2016
- Phyllida Barlow tryst: May 30, 2015—August 30, 2015
- Melvin Edwards: Five Decades: January 31, 2015 – May 10, 2015
- Sightings: Anna-Bella Papp: October 24, 2014 – January 18, 2015
- Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio: September 13, 2014 – January 4, 2015
- Mark Grotjahn Sculpture: May 31, 2014 – August 17, 2014
- Sightings: Bettina Pousttchi: April 12, 2014 – August 17, 2014
- David Bates: February 9, 2014 – May 11, 2014
- Return to Earth: September 21, 2013 – January 19, 2014
- Katharina Grosse: WUNDERBLOCK: June 1, 2013 – September 1, 2013
- Ken Price: A Retrospective: February 9, 2013 – May 12, 2013
- Rediscoveries: Modes of Making in Modern Sculpture: September 29, 2012 – January 13, 2013
- Sculpture in So Many Words: Text Pieces 1960-1980: September 29, 2012 – January 13, 2013
- Ernesto Neto: Cuddle on the Tightrope: May 12, 2012 – September 9, 2012
- Sightings: Eric Swenson: April 14, 2012 – September 9, 2012
- Sightings: Diana Al-Hadid: October 22, 2011 – January 15, 2012
- Elliot Hundley: The Bacchae: January 28, 2012 – April 22, 2012
- Tony Cragg: Seeing Things: September 10, 2011 – January 8, 2012
- Sightings: Martin Creed: March 26, 2011 – August 21, 2011
- Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy: December 11, 2010 – March 6, 2011
- Sightings: Alyson Shotz: October 1, 2010 – January 2, 2011
- Revelation: The Art of James Magee: September 4 – November 28, 2010
- Rachel Whiteread Drawings: May 22 – August 15, 2010
- Jaume Plensa: Genus and Species: January 30 – May 2, 2010
- The Art of Architecture: Foster + Partners: September 26, 2009 – January 10, 2010
- George Segal: Street Scenes: January 24 – April 5, 2009
- In Pursuit of the Masters: Stories from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection: September 20, 2008 – January 4, 2009
- Jacques Lipchitz: A Gift from the Artist's Estate: June 21 – September 7, 2008
- Beyond the Grasp: Sculpture Transcending the Physical: March 15 – August 31, 2008
- Woman: The Art of Gaston Lachaise: November 17, 2007 – February 17, 2008
- Matisse: Painter as Sculptor: January 21 – April 29, 2007
- On Tour with Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Selected Projects: May 13 – August 213, 2006
- The Women of Giacometti: January 14 – April 19, 2006
- David Smith: Drawing + Sculpting: April 16 – July 17, 2005
- Frank Stella: Painting in Three Dimensions: January 8 – April 3, 2005
- Bodies Past and Present: The Figurative Tradition in the Nasher Collection: September 18, 2004 – August 2005
- Variable States: Three Masterworks of Modern Sculpture: September 18, 2004 – January 2, 2005
- Medardo Rosso: Second Impressions: April 3 – June 20, 2004
- Picasso: The Cubist Portraits of Fernande Olivier: February 15 – May 9, 2004
- From Rodin to Calder: Masterworks of Modern Sculpture from the Nasher Collection: October 20, 2003 – August 22, 2004
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Nasher Sculpture Center presented Nasher XChange from October 19, 2013 to February 16, 2014. Nasher Sculpture Center Director Jeremy Strick stated that Nasher XChange focused on public art, which engages the people and culture of Dallas. The Nasher XChange exhibition was made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works, and a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.
- Nasher XChange: Moore to the Point: October 19, 2013 – February 16, 2014
- Nasher XChange: CURTAINS: October 19, 2013 – February 16, 2014
- Nasher XChange: Buried House: October 19, 2013 – February 16, 2014
- Nasher XChange: X: October 19, 2013 – February 16, 2014
- Nasher XChange: Fountainhead: October 19, 2013 – February 16, 2014
- Nasher XChange: Trans.lation: October 19, 2013 – February 16, 2014
- Nasher XChange: Black & Blue: Cultural Oasis in the Hills: October 19, 2013 – February 16, 2014
- Nasher XChange: dear sunset: October 19, 2013 – February 16, 2014
- Nasher XChange: Flock in Space: October 19, 2013 – February 16, 2014
- Nasher XChange: Music : October 19, 2013 – February 16, 2014
- Nasher XChange: Through the Eyes of Allison V. Smith: October 19, 2013 – February 16, 2014
The Nasher Prize was announced in April 2015.
- - Doris Salcedo
Doris Salcedo was born in 1958 in Bogotá, Colombia, her current residence.
- (2017) - Pierre Huyghe
Huyghe was born in 1962 in Paris, he lives and works in Chile and New York.
Nasher Sculpture Center Board of Trustees
- Mr. David Haemisegger, President
- Mr. Stephen Stamas, Chairman
- Mr. Elliot Cattarulla
- Ms. Nancy Nasher Haemisegger
- Mr. John G. Heimann
- Dr. William Jordan
- Dr. Steven A. Nash
- Ms. Andrea Nasher
- Mr. Jeremy Strick
- Jeremy Strick, Director
Jeremy Strick has been the Director of the Nasher Sculpture Center since March 2009. Mr. Strick oversees collections, exhibitions, and operations at the 2.4 acre museum located in the heart of downtown Dallas’ Arts District.
- Jed Morse, Chief Curator
- Catherine Craft, Curator
- Leigh Arnold, Assistant Curator
Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger
David J. Haemisegger and Nancy A. Nasher serve on the Board of Directors of the Nasher Sculpture Center, a museum founded in 2003 by Nancy's father, Raymond D. Nasher, which houses the Raymond D. and Patsy R. Nasher Collection of Modern and Contemporary Sculpture. Nancy worked closely with her father on the creation and development of the Sculpture Center. David currently serves as President of the Nasher Sculpture Center, and is on the Finance and Audit Committees. David and Nancy serve on the Nasher Foundation Board.