Jeremy Strick, Director
Jeremy Strick has been the Director of the Nasher Sculpture Center since March 2009. Mr. Strick oversees collections, exhibitions and operations at the 2.4-acre museum located in the heart of downtown Dallas’ Arts District. He has been responsible for the presentation of numerous exhibitions at the Nasher, including Jaume Plensa: Genus and Species (2010); Rachel Whiteread Drawings (2010); Revelation: The Art of James Magee (2010); Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy (2010); Statuesque (2011); Tony Cragg: Seeing Things (2011); Elliott Hundley: The Bacchae (2011); Ernesto Neto: Cuddle on the Tightrope (2012); Rediscoveries: Modes of Making in Modern Sculpture (2012); Sculpture in So Many Words: Text Pieces 1960-80 (2012); and Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective (2013). In celebration of its 10th anniversary in October 2013, Mr. Strick is organizing Nasher XChange, commissioning 10 artists, including Ugo Rondinone, Rick Lowe, Alfredo Jaar and Lara Almarcegui, to create works that will be installed in public spaces throughout Dallas. Nasher XChange extends the museum’s core mission beyond its walls and into the surrounding community, presenting key advances in the rapidly expanding field of sculpture in the public realm and contributing to broader national and international conversations on sculpture in the public sphere. Scholarly publications will accompany the exhibition.
Innovative new projects initiated under his leadership include the Sightings series of small-scale exhibitions and installations that explores new work by established and emerging sculptors and has featured such artists as Eva Rothschild, Alyson Shotz, Diana Al-Hadid, Erick Swenson, Martin Creed and Nathan Mabry. Mr. Strick also created 360: Artists, Critics, Curators, a monthly lecture series featuring art world visionaries in conversations on sculptural themes. Speakers featured at the Nasher in the past several years include Anthony Gormley, Sir Nicholas Serota, Nick Cave, Aaron Curry, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Linda Ridgeway, Thomas Houseago, Arlene Shechet, Kiki Smith and Laurence Weiner. In addition, he launched the highly acclaimed Soundings: New Music at the Nasher series that has been hailed by Dallas critics as the city’s most exciting and intelligent musical programming in 40 years, featuring artists such as Midori, Gilbert Kalish, Tin Hat, Eduardo Leandro and David Krakauer and composer Steven Mackey.
Mr. Strick first became familiar with the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection 27 years ago during the internationally touring exhibition of the Nasher Collection, jointly organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the National Gallery in of Art, Washington, D.C. Mr. Strick was then assistant curator at the National Gallery and was partly responsible for the preparation and installation of the exhibition, and wrote for the catalogue. During that time, he also met Raymond and Patsy Nasher and visited with them at their Dallas home.
Prior to the Nasher, Mr. Strick served as Director of The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, California, for more than nine years. Throughout his tenure, MOCA received international acclaim for its exhibition program, which included such landmark shows as Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective (2008); Marlene Dumas: Measuring Your Own Grave (2008); ©.MURAKAMI (2007); WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution (2007); Ecstasy: In And About Altered States (2005); Basquiat (2005); Visual Music: Synaesthesia in Art and Music Since 1900 (2005); Robert Smithson (2004); Lucian Freud (2003); Andy Warhol Retrospective (2002); Willem de Kooning: Tracing the Figure (2002), Superflat (2001); Douglas Gordon (2001); and The Architecture of R.M. Schindler (2001), among many others. Further accomplishments included the opening of MOCA Pacific Design Center, a 3,000-square-foot satellite gallery, the significant expansion of the museum’s permanent collection and expansion of the museum’s membership by over 80 percent.
Mr. Strick also served as a senior curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, and held curatorial posts at the Saint Louis Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. He pursued graduate studies in Fine Arts at Harvard University and received his Bachelor of Arts (History of Art) in 1977 from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Additionally, he has curated numerous exhibitions including Louise Bourgeois: The Personages 1946-1954 (Saint Louis Art Museum, 1994) and In the Light of Italy: Corot and Early Open-Air Painting (National Gallery of Art, Saint Louis Art Museum, 1996), and has written and lectured extensively about modern and contemporary art.
Nasher Sculpture Center Board of Trustees
David J. Haemisegger, Chair
Nancy A. Nasher, President
Marc Pechersky, Treasurer
Tyree Collier, Secretary