For more than fifty years, Ken Price, born in 1935 in Los Angeles, California, created remarkable and innovative works that have redefined contemporary sculpture practice. Price procured a cult following among critics and scholars since the 1960s, including Lucy Lippard, who declared in 1966, “It is a fact rather than a value judgment that no one else, on the east or west coast, is working like Kenneth Price.” Price’s work has been much talked about, though not widely exhibited until relatively recently (and then only in group shows or in commercial gallery presentations). Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective will chart the lyrical progression of the artist’s work and illuminate the work of other artists who have been influenced by his ground-breaking and influential oeuvre.
Architect Frank O. Gehry, who enjoyed a friendship with Price of almost fifty years, is designing the exhibition. A forthcoming, fully illustrated catalogue includes essays by Stephanie Barron (exhibition curator) as well as art historians and critics Phyllis Tuchman and Dave Hickey, and an extended interview with the artist by MaLin Wilson Powell.
This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It was made possible through major grants from the LLWW Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and The Aaron and Betty Lee Stern Foundation. Generous support for the catalogue was provided by The Shifting Foundation and Friends of Contemporary Ceramics
To initiate a new year of its Sightings series of installations and interventions, the Nasher Sculpture Center has asked Los Angeles-based artist Nathan Mabry to install works in the garden. Inspired by sources ranging from archaeology and ethnology to Dada and Surrealism, Mabry, in his own words, “crashes” different aesthetics together, resulting in sculptures that are at turns poignant, humorous, critical, and admiring. For Sightings, Mabry will create a new sculpture based on an ancient terracotta Jalisco figure in the Nasher Collection for the outdoor terrace, as well as install his group of six figures based on Rodin’s Burghers of Calais, Process Art (B-E-A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E) – never before shown in the United States – outside on the steps of the terraced garden.
Born in Colorado in 1978, Mabry received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. His work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla.
Target First Saturdays
FREE Admission: 10 am – 5 pm
Families and children are invited to explore the current exhibition through an interactive and fun-filled day featuring tours, art activities, live demos, and more. A special Nasher Kids passport is a great keepsake from the event, offering incentives for repeat visits and additional take-home art activities.
Monthly “Big Ideas” and Art Activities:
May 4: Appreciation
Children’s Art Activity 10 am – 12 noon: Appreciation Crowns
Make a special crown you can give to someone who deserves the royal treatment.
Artist Demonstrations 10 am – 12:30 pm
Art Scavenger Hunt 10 am – 2 pm
Family Tours, Hourly, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm
Yoga in the Garden presented by Yogasport (weather permitting) 11:30 am
Second Glances: Creative Writing with The Writer’s Garret 12 pm
Storytime with the Dallas Public Library 12:30 pm
NasherKids Live! 1 pm: NYICFF (New York International Children’s Film Festival) Kid Flix Mix
NasherKids Meal available at Nasher Cafe 11 am – 2 pm
Dallas Design Symposium
Featuring Michael Kimmelman, Chief Architecture Critic, The New York Times
Sunday, May 5: 1 pm
Presented by Dallas Architecture Forum and Nasher Sculpture Center
Michael Kimmelman is an author, critic, columnist and pianist. He is the chief architecture critic for The New York Times and has written on issues of public housing, public space, infrastructure, community development and social responsibility. He was the paper’s longtime chief art critic and, in 2007, created the “Abroad” column, as a foreign correspondent covering culture, political and social affairs across Europe and elsewhere. He returned to New York from Europe in 2011and his articles since have helped to reshape the public debate about urbanism, architecture and architectural criticism.
A fellow at the London School of Economics, he was born and raised in Greenwich Village, the son of a physician and civil rights activist. He attended Friends Seminary in Manhattan, graduated summa cum laude from Yale College and received his graduate degree in art history from Harvard University, where he was an Arthur Kingsley Porter Fellow. A pianist who still regularly performs as a soloist and with chamber groups on concert series in New York and around Europe, he started as a music critic at the paper, then moved into art.
A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 and a 2012 Poynter Fellow at Yale, he also contributes regularly to the New York Review of Books.
Nasher Gallery Lab / Design Dialogue Featuring Brent Brown, Architect and Noah Jeppson, Designer
Thursday, May 9: 6:30 pm
FREE with admission: Adults $10. Seniors $7. Students $5.
FREE for Members and children 12 and under.
The Gallery Lab series brings the spirit of experimentation to the Nasher galleries. Join us for informal conversations, interactive presentations, performances, demonstrations and unexpected viewpoints on art with artists and voices from other disciplines. Expand your concept of a gallery talk and discover a fresh perspective on what it means to engage with the arts. Expect to be surprised!
An architect and a designer discuss their experience with community engagement in the evolving urban environment. Join us for a lively discussion and learn how you can participate in transforming your neighborhood.
Mother’s Day at The Nasher Sculpture Center
Sunday, May 12
Extended Hours 10 am – 5 pm
Nasher Cafe Brunch Seatings at 10 am and 1 pm
$50 for Members; $60 for Non-Members, includes admission.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 214.242.5144.
Celebrate mom and family in the beautiful setting of the Nasher Sculpture Center. Guests will enjoy a lavish brunch and mimosa bar at Nasher Café by Wolfgang Puck, discover the Naher Collection with family educational activities, and enjoy special performances.
Sponsored by Mary Kay.
‘til Midnight at the Nasher
Friday, May 17: 6 pm – midnight
Concert: TBA, 7 pm
Movie: TBA, 9 pm
The Nasher’s popular outdoor concert and movie series kicks off for the summer with FREE ADMISSION. The event features paired concerts and movies in the Garden, picnic dining and snacks by Nasher Cafe by Wolfgang Puck, and the opportunity to view works in the galleries and garden, including current exhibitions Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective and Sightings: Nathan Mabry.
360: Artists, Critics, Curators Speaker Series
Saturday, May 18: 2 pm
Liz Larner, Artist
Seating is limited. Reservations required.
The Nasher Sculpture Center brings art world speakers for conversations and lectures about sculptural themes. Learn about the ever-expanding definition of sculpture and the thought-process behind some of today’s most innovative contemporary artwork, architecture and design.
Liz Larner’s work navigates the vast and still unexplored possibilities of sculpture’s formal language, which she uses to structure a discourse that is distinctly her own. Made to be approached and reflected upon, Larner’s work requires a negotiation of space and encourages viewers to extend their perceptions beyond the visual. Larner reminds viewers that it is as important to revere one’s embodied condition and the complex experience of the physical, as it is to embrace the conceptual pleasure of comprehending the spirit of emotion through sensate perception.
Larner’s work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States. Survey exhibitions of her work have been held at the Kunsthaus Graz, Austria (2006); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2001); the MAK, Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna (1998); and the Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (1997). Monographs have been published by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, and The Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland. Awards include the Pacific Design Center Stars of Design Award (2005); Lucelia Artist Award by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. (2002); Anonymous Was a Woman Award (2000); and the Guggenheim Fellowship (1999).
Liz Larner lives and works in Los Angeles.
Immediately following the presentation, guests will enjoy a wine reception. For information and reservations, email 360rsvp@nashersculpturecenter.
Wednesday, May 29: twilight and midnight performances: 8 and 11 pm
Gérard Grisey’s Le Noir de l’Etoile
Featuring percussionists Gregory Beyer, Timothy Feeney, Ayano Kataoka, Eduardo Leandro, Douglas Perkins, and Ian Rosenbaum
$20 for Members; $25 for Non-Members
The Nasher Sculpture Center is pleased to continue its third season Soundings: New Music at the Nasher, the critically acclaimed new music series featuring groundbreaking performances created under the direction of Seth Knopp, a founding member of the Peabody Trio and artistic director of Yellow Barn Music School and Festival.
In 1967, a young astronomer detected in the heavens a rapidly varying radio signal. First taken to be signals coming from extraterrestrial civilizations, astrophysicists determined that the signals were being emitted by a pulsar, the fantastic compact residue created by the supernova explosions that long ago disintegrated massive stars. More than 20 years later, inspired by this discovery and those sounds, the composer Gérard Grisey wrote Le Noir de l’Etoile for six percussionists placed around an audience.
Mascots, Monsters and Men: The Body in Sculpture
Thursday, May 16: 6—8:30 pm
2.5 CPE hours. Space limited to twenty-five teachers.
FREE with advance registration.
Discover the changes in artists’ perceptions and representations of the human body over time, from the heroes and monsters of ancient Greece to modern interpretations of the classical figure. This collaborative workshop will begin in the exhibition The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece at the Dallas Museum of Art and will conclude in Sightings: Nathan Mabry at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Teaching ideas, resources, and light refreshments are included.
Please visit www.tickets.DMA.org and click “Teacher Programs” to register.
Surface Safari, Ages 5-12
May 8-10, 2013: 10 am-12 pm
$5 per-person deposit. Advance registration required.
Discover the playful ceramic sculptures of artist Ken Price and learn how color and texture can transform sculpture. In the studio, experiment with painting techniques to produce your own colorful surfaces.
To register, please contact Colleen Borsh at cborsh@nashersculpturecenter.