Sculpture and Place

2023 Nasher Prize Dialogues | Location: Puerto Rico

Presented in partnership with the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico

Artists living and working in the Caribbean discuss the role place and local history play in contemporary sculpture; a part of the Nasher Prize’s ongoing series of international public programs.

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Public Figures

2022 Nasher Prize Dialogues | Location: New York

Explore publicly sited figurative sculpture at a time when both public art and the role of figurative monuments are particularly charged in cultural discourse. Artists Tania BrugueraHans Haacke, and Fred Wilson discuss various critical approaches to these topics, including how their practices interrogate, or antagonize, the history and tradition of celebratory sculpture and representations of the human body within public space and institutions. This talk is moderated by Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director of the New Museum.

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The Uncanny Politics of Objects

2022 Nasher Prize Dialogues | Location: Dallas

Inspired by Nairy Baghramian’s interest in the relationship between sculpture and design, international designers and curators Minjae Kim, Peter Shire, Katie Stout, Su Wu and moderator Sarah Schleuning discuss objects that hover between identities–sculpture, design, architecture–with varying degrees of utility.

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Laureate Lecture: Nairy Baghramian

2022 Nasher Prize Dialogues

Learn from the 2022 Nasher Prize Laureate Nairy Baghramian as she talks about her practice. On April 1, 2022, Baghramian joined Nasher Curator Dr. Catherine Craft in conversation to present her Laureate Lecture.

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Graduate Symposium: Nairy Baghramian

2022 Nasher Prize Dialogues

Graduate students from around the world present scholarly work on a host of questions and topics related to 2022 Nasher Prize Laureate Nairy Baghramian. Moderated by Dr. Catherine Craft, curator at the Nasher Sculpture Center, the virutal symposium culminated in a roundtable discussion and remarks from keynote speaker, Miwon Kwon, the Walter Hopps Chair in Modern and Contemporary Art, Department of Art History, UCLA.


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Laureate Lecture: Michael Rakowitz

2020/21 Nasher Prize Dialogues

Join 2020/21 Nasher Prize Laureate Michael Rakowitz as he considers the meanings of places and objects that are a part of his cultural heritage, and their impact on his work as an artist. During this time of social separation, Rakowitz explores the question: “If I can’t be there with you, how can I show you where I am?” The laureate is joined in conversation with Nasher Curator Dr. Catherine Craft. 

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Graduate Symposium: Michael Rakowitz

2020/21 Nasher Prize Dialogues

Graduate students from around the world present scholarly work on a host of questions and topics related to 2020/21 Nasher Prize Laureate Michael Rakowitz. Moderated by Dr. Nada Shabout, Director of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative (CAMCSI) at the University of North Texas, the digital symposium culminated in a roundtable discussion, with remarks from keynote Speaker Carolyn Christov-Bargargiev, Director of Castello di Rivoli, Italy.

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The Family Table

2020/21 Nasher Prize Dialogues

Nasher Prize Laureate Michael Rakowitz and Jin-Ya Huang, Founder of Break Bread, Break Borders, share thoughts on the importance of food and community.

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Disembodied Intimacy

2020/21 Nasher Prize Dialogues | Digitally Communicating Art, Caregiving, and Sex

Gathered in October 2020 during a time of isolation around the world, Hauser & Wirth’s Director of Special Projects, Randy Kennedy, moderates presentations by artists Emmanuel Van Der Auwera, Mika Rottenberg, and Jacolby Satterwhite, as well as design critic Alice Rawsthorn. "Disembodied Intimacy: Digitally Communicating Art, Caregiving, and Sex" considered the ways digital technology can enrich or stymie important physical human acts, from the presentation of art to nurturing the sick to the erotic. With a focus on the body, the talk seeks to underscore the physical, phenomenological relationship between people and things so fundamental to the experience of sculpture.

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Student Zine

2017 – 2019 Nasher Prize

Students from around the world are invited to submit original content based on the work of each year's Nasher Prize Laureate for publication in a limited-run zine. 

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Sculpture + Design

2019 Nasher Prize Dialogues |  Location: Copenhagen

Taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark, one of the design capitals of the world, Nasher Prize Dialogues: Sculpture + Design this panel discussion explored hybrid sculptural forms with artists Nina BeierMartin Boyce, and Michael Elmgreen (Elmgreen & Dragset), and the ways in which each deploy architecture and design within their own artistic practices, from altered readymades to architectural interventions to highly crafted recreations of the built environment. The conversation moderator was Nasher Prize juror, art historian and critic Briony Fer.

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Influence of Isa Genzken

2019 Nasher Prize Dialogues

A panel discussion with artists and curators focused on the tremendous impact of Isa Genzken’s career. Featuring Laura Hoptman, Executive Director of the Drawing Center; German art curator Beatrix Ruf; artist Simon Denny; and moderated by writer, editor and Executive Director of the Institute of Art in Context at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Jörg Heiser.

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The Influence of Isa Genzken Panel Discussion

Graduate Symposium: Isa Genzken

2019 Nasher Prize Dialogues

Graduate students from around the world present scholarly work on a host of questions and topics related to 2019 Nasher Prize Laureate Isa Genzken. Moderated by artist and educator Stephen Lapthisophon, the symposium is followed by a presentation from keynote speaker Benjamin Buchloh, a notable scholar on the work of Genzken.

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2019 Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium

Artists & Authorship

2018 Nasher Prize Dialogues | Location: Glasgow

The Nasher Sculpture Center in association with The Common Guild presents an event as part of the Nasher Prize Dialogues: Artists & Authorship, a panel discussion considering issues around the idea of artistic licence, and the use / re-use of existent material. The discussion will consider questions around ownership, originality, responsibility, ethics, and authorship in 21st century art production.

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Laureate Town Hall: Theaster Gates

2018 Nasher Prize Dialogues

This two-part program is an extensive conversation with the 2018 Nasher Prize Laureate Theaster Gates.

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Graduate Symposium: Theaster Gates

2018 Nasher Prize Dialogues

Addressing a broad audience of art historians and museum professionals, the 2018 Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium focused on the work of the Nasher Prize Laureate Theaster Gates.

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Matthew Jesse Jackson

Sculpture + History

2017 Nasher Prize Dialogues | Location: Dallas

At The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza a panel discussion looks 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.

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Graduate Symposium: Pierre Huyghe

2017 Nasher Prize Dialogues

The inaugural 2017 symposium, conceived to expand scholarship on the field of contemporary sculpture in its many forms, addressed themes related to the work of the 2017 Nasher Prize Laureate, Pierre Huyghe.

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Sculpture in the Age of Digital

2016 Nasher Prize Dialogues | Location: Berlin

The Nasher Prize Dialogues: Work of Sculpture in the Age of Digital Production panel discussion considered the influence of digital technology on sculptural practice.  Participating panelists included Jörg HeiserRachel de Joode, Kasper König, Jed Morse, and Bettina Pousttchi.  Presented in partnership with Berlin Akademie der Künste and Berlin Art Week.

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Laureate Lecture: Doris Salcedo

2016 Nasher Prize Dialogues

Inagural 2016 Nasher Prize Laureate Doris Salcedo presents a lecture on her work to students and members of the public at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. 

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Doris Salcedo Laureate Lecture

Why Sculpture Now

2016 Nasher Prize Dialogues | Location: London

Why Sculpture Now? is a Nasher Prize Dialogues program made in conjunction with the 2016 Nasher Prize, and created to foster international awareness of sculpture and of the Nasher Prize. In this first stimulating discussion, participating panelists included Lisa Le Feuvre, Okwui Enwezor, Phyllida Barlow, Michael Dean, Eva Rothschild, and Jed Morse. Organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center, in association with The Henry Moore Institute and the ICA .


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Public Place of Sculpture

2017 Nasher Prize Dialogues | Location: Mexico City

The Public Place of Sculpture considered socially-engaged sculpture in various modes, from social practice outright to objects which employ themes of monument and document. Featuring artists Sanford Biggers, Damián Ortega, Amalia Pica, Pedro Reyes, and panel moderator Pablo León de la Barra, the discussion centered on the historical role sculpture has played in public spaces and the dynamic and evolving ways it is currently presented, especially in light of the global political climate. Presented in partnership with the Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo. 

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