Programs for Adults

1.27.18 First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone

Join us for an in-depth discussion about the origins of creativity in the human mind on opening weekend of a groundbreaking new exhibition curated by an artist and an anthropologist. First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone presents prehistoric handaxes and figure stones as evidence of the earliest forms of artistic intention among our ancient ancestors.

2.2.18 In Partnership with the Texas Theatre

Nasher Sculpture Center and the Texas Theatre present

A film screening of Beuys, a new documentary on the life and work of artist Joseph Beuys, directed by Andres Veiel.


Travel back 2 million years to discover the origins of sculpture on an interactive tour of the exhibition First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone. Then, unleash your inner hunter-gatherer by creating a carving inspired by mankind’s earliest artworks.


Discover where art, anthropology and neuroscience meet as we discuss the science of facial recognition and what it means to artists, scientists and our ancient ancestors.

3.25.18 Students respond to Nasher Prize

Spend an afternoon at the Nasher, see student performances, make creations with artists, and enjoy a sweet treat. Check out the work of Nasher Prize Laureate Theaster Gates and take away a ‘zine of original student artwork inspired by his ideas. 

3.27.18 Art Historian

"What’s with the bamboo stick? Matisse’s late drawing practice" 

French critic, curator, and art historian Yve-Alain Bois, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, will present his recent research on Henri Matisse’s adoption of the bamboo stick to draw his late stations of the cross. 

4.5.18 Graduate Symposium 2018

The 2018 Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium offers master’s and doctoral students from any academic discipline the opportunity to present scholarly work on a host of questions and topics related to 2018 Nasher Prize Laureate Theaster Gates, moderated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Social Media Manager and author of the blog "Black Contemporary Art", Kimberly Drew. This will be followed by a presentation from keynote speaker Matthew Jesse Jackson.

4.14.18 Going Rogue: Alternative Art Fairs

Pop-ups, gallery weekends, and alternative art fairs are innovating the market and offering collectors new ways to discover and engage with artists. At a time when established fairs abound, we consider events that disrupt, enhance or even become the industry standard. 

5.12.18 Exhibition Artist

Artist, filmmaker and musician Luke Fowler speaks about his new work, which draws upon focused listening and architectural acoustics to create a multi-channel sound installation in the Nasher Garden. Commissioned jointly by Nasher Sculpture Center and Lismore Castle Arts, Ireland, Fowler’s resonant sound composition uses everyday objects and acoustic environments to examine the material history and auditory qualities of each site.


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.