Nasher Membership interviews devoted Nasher Members Cris Jordan and Scott Potter for our Member spotlight.
Why is art important to you?
We were fortunate to have exposure to art at a young age. As a result, we have a deep appreciation for the arts, which we hope to pass onto our 3-year old son Beckett. He seems to be enjoying himself, cataloging a lexicon of art and artists.
You both have been members for almost 12 years now. Would you mind describing your very first encounter with the Nasher?
As the Nasher Sculpture Center was being constructed, we participated in multiple hard-hat tours led by Steve Nash, Vel Hawes, and Raymond Nasher. It wasn’t difficult for us to see their vision and we knew we wanted to support this institution. Cris’ connection to the Nasher Collection began much earlier at age 10. Cris would help her brother deliver newspapers to the Nasher residence. Their challenge was to throw the newspaper as close to the front door without hitting the sculptures throughout the yard. Before the Nasher Sculpture Center was completed, Scott would ‘oversee,’ or better said, overlook the construction site from his office on the 42nd floor of Trammell Crow Center.
Do each of you have a favorite sculpture in the sculpture garden?
If we had to choose, we would probably say Moonbird by Joan Miró. We always loved seeing Moonbird in the garden but found a new appreciation for this sculpture when Beckett asked us with deep concern, “Where is Moonbird ?”, as if he were missing a best friend or family member. He was relieved when Moonbird later returned to the garden.
Can you tell me a little bit about your involvement since becoming members of the Nasher?
Working and living near the Nasher, we frequently pop in for “quick fixes” to enjoy the collection. Of course, the Nasher also provides places for quiet contemplation during longer visits. In 2009, we joined the Avant-Garde Society (AGS) and were soon invited to join the Executive Committee. We have enjoyed planning and attending these behind-the-scenes AGS events, including art deinstallations, travel, as well as artist studio and private collection tours.
What is it that you feel the Nasher offers that is unique to this museum?
The permanent collection is phenomenal, fresh and always evolving. The Nasher produces blockbuster exhibitions with a focus on sculpture as well as architecture and design, such that if the exhibitions were not in Dallas, we would absolutely travel to see them. We appreciate the innovative programming such as the 360 Speaker Series, Sightings, Soundings and ‘til Midnight at the Nasher. Perhaps most special is the “experience” of the built environment from the Renzo Piano building to the Peter Walker garden, which runs the scale from intimate to grand spaces, curating a unique experience available only at the Nasher.
What do you hope to see progress or happen in the next few years as members of the Nasher?
The sky is the limit! We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the Nasher Prize. It will be exciting to participate in the events that lead up to the awarding of the inaugural Nasher Prize in 2016.