Nasher Windows

Tamara Johnson
May 22, 2020 - May 27, 2020

Nasher Windows is a new series of exhibitions sited within the Nasher’s entrance vestibule on Flora Street. The installations are viewable through the windows from the outside of the Renzo Piano-designed museum and provide exhibition space for North Texas-based artists, while offering the public an accessible way to view art while the building is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presented weekly until the museum resumes operating hours, Nasher Windows installations run Friday-Wednesday and host a roster of early- and mid-career North Texas-based artists.

Subsequent artists for Nasher Windows will be announced via media alert and on the Nasher Sculpture Center’s social media channels in the coming weeks. Supplemental content can be found on the Nasher App, available for download on iOS devices, and as a web app.

Nasher Windows is made possible by generous support from John W. Dayton, given in memory of Donald Fowler.

On View This Week

The first Nasher Windows exhibition will be presented by Dallas-based artist Tamara Johnson and run Friday, May 22 through Wednesday, May 27. Johnson’s work Deviled Egg and Okra Column, 2020, was slated for exhibition at the Dallas art space ex ovo before the show was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Johnson’s sculpture is a nod to Constantin Brancusi’s Endless Column (1918) and features a mirroring tower of stacked deviled eggs and pickled okra cast in resin, spanning the height of the vestibule. Like Brancusi’s version, Johnson’s succession of stacked forms suggests the possibility of infinite expansion. While Brancusi favored abstract geometric shapes, Johnson turns to recognizable foods that are prominent in the American South. Her repeated motif of deviled eggs and okra becomes a rhythmic meditation on the connections between food, nostalgia, and memories of place.

Artist Tamara Johnson on Deviled Egg and Okra Column:

“Since moving back to Texas in 2018, my work has shifted to explicitly focus on a more personal iconography—my relationship to the South and the ways in which my (temporary) body moves and works within this familiar, yet unfamiliar landscape. Each of these works explore a personal terrain, embedding meaning in foods I associate with my upbringing, like deviled eggs, pickled okra and RO*TEL. These items become condensed bouillon cubes of material meaning, holding vulnerability, sexuality and humor in a delicate balance.”

About Tamara Johnson

Tamara Johnson (b. 1984, Waco, TX) currently lives in Dallas, TX and works primarily in sculpture, installation, performance and public art. Johnson obtained her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 and her MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2012. Her recent projects have been exhibited at The Blanton Museum of Art (Austin, TX), Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (Salt Lake City, UT), Carillon Gallery at Tarrant County College (Ft Worth, TX), ex ovo gallery (Dallas, TX) and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Ft Worth, TX) as well as various spaces in New York such as Socrates Sculpture Park, The CUE Art Foundation, Wave Hill, Maria Hernandez Park, SPRING BREAK Art Show, Air Mattress Gallery, Microscope Gallery, NURTUREart, Black Ball Projects, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art and CR10 Arts.

In 2018, Johnson was awarded a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council to complete the first public art piece in Maria Hernandez Park in Brooklyn, NY. She has been awarded a grant from The Foundation for Contemporary, an Individual Artist Award from the Santo Foundation and most recently a Faculty Development Grant from Southern Methodist University (SMU) where she currently works as a Visiting Lecturer in Sculpture.

In October 2018, Johnson and her partner, Trey Burns, opened Sweet Pass Sculpture Park—an art space in west Dallas featuring contemporary outdoor projects on a rotating basis. Sweet Pass Sculpture Park has received grants from the Nasher Sculpture Center, City of Dallas Office of Arts & Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Nasher Sculpture Center
2001 Flora Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
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