Nasher Sculpture Center Announces Updated 2018 Exhibition Schedule

DALLAS, Texas (January 12, 2018)—The Nasher Sculpture Center announces an updated 2018 exhibition schedule, featuring a groundbreaking exhibition of prehistoric hand tools and artifacts; a permanent collection exhibition exploring themes of revolution and unrest as manifest in sculpture; two Sightings exhibitions dedicated to sound works; and the first major North American museum show of the work of Jean (Hans) Arp in three decades.

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.

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.

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

 

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