Picture of The Commons, a statue of a horse whose base has notes contributed by the public, work made by Nasher Prize Nominee Paul Ramirez Jonas

Nasher Sculpture Center Announces Nasher Prize Dialogues: Sculpture + History, in partnership with The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas

Public panel discussion to be held at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, March 6, as part of the Nasher Prize’s ongoing series of international public program

DALLAS, Texas (February 8, 2018) – Nasher Sculpture Center announces Nasher Prize Dialogues: Sculpture + History, a panel discussion, presented in partnership with The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas on March 6, 2018 at 7 p.m. There is a wine reception before the talk, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Nasher Prize Dialogues: Sculpture + History will look to the ways in which artists work with documents, found and archived materials, and research to create sculptural work that considers particularly potent historic moments and issues, as well as the current political climate. Taking place in Dallas, a city marked profoundly by the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy and racial inequality, Nasher Prize Dialogues: Sculpture + History will consider the complex ways in which sculpture tackles the past. Panelists will include New York-based artist, architect, and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar; artist and educator Paul Ramirez Jonas (New York); artist and recent recipient of the Calder Prize, Jill Magid (New York); and Dallas-based artist lauren woods. The conversation will be moderated by Ben Davis, national art critic for artnet News.

The discussion is part of Nasher Prize Dialogues, the discursive platform of the Nasher Prize, the annual international prize for a living artist in recognition of a body of work that has had an extraordinary impact on the understanding of sculpture. The Dialogues are intended to foster international awareness of sculpture and to stimulate discussion and debate. Programs—including panel discussions, lectures, and symposia—are held in cities around the world on a yearly basis, offering engagement with various audiences, and providing myriad perspectives and insight into the ever-expanding field of sculpture.

Previous international Nasher Prize Dialogues programs include “The Public Place of Sculpture” at Museo Jumex, Mexico City; “The Work of Sculpture in the Age of Digital Production” at the Akademie der Ku¨nste, Berlin; and “Why Sculpture Now?” at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, in partnership with the Henry Moore Foundation.

Upcoming international Nasher Prize Dialogues talks will take place in Glasgow, UK on May 2, in partnership with The Common Guild and Glasgow International Festival for the Visual Arts, and in Reykjavik, Iceland in partnership with the Reykjavik Art Museum in August 2018.

Watch Nasher Prize Dialogues: Sculpture + History live on Facebook and follow the conversation on Twitter and Instagram using #NasherDialogues

Upcoming Nasher Dialogues Programs, Dallas, TX

Nasher Prize Dialogues: Graduate Symposium

April 5, 2018 / 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Nasher Sculpture Center

The annual Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium offers students a chance to take the 2018 Nasher Prize Laureate Theaster Gates’s work as inspiration for their own scholarly research. Student presentations and an accompanying publication will expand scholarship on the field of contemporary sculpture and its many forms. The symposium will be moderated by Kimberly Drew, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Social Media Manager and author of the blog "Black Contemporary Art." The keynote presentation by Matthew Jesse Jackson, a writer, curator, and critic who teaches modern and contemporary art at the University of Chicago, will end the day's events. Watch the keynote speech live on Facebook and follow the conversation on Twitter and Instagram using #NasherDialogues

Juror Conversation

April 6, 2018 / 10 a.m. at the Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art

Members of the Nasher Prize jury describe the process leading up to the selection of 2018 Nasher Prize Laureate Theaster Gates. Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, Agusti´n Arteaga, moderates the conversation.

Laureate Town Hall

April 6, 2018 / 1-4 p.m. at the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora Street 

Join Theaster Gates in an extensive conversation about his sculptural practice with interlocutors and the general public. Open to the public and free with advance registration. Follow the conversation on Twitter and Instagram using #NasherDialogues

Nasher Prize Support

Founder’s Circle Sponsors / The Eugene McDermott Foundation and Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger

Presenting Sponsor / JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Principal Supporters / Regen Projects and White Cube

Nasher Prize Month Sponsors / National Endowment for the Arts and The Donna Wilhelm Family Fund

Presenting Media Partner / Belo Media Group

Media Partners / KERA’s Art & Seek and PaperCity

Public Transportation Partner / Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)



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