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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Rakowitz's sculpture has considered his heritage as an American artist of Iraqi Jewish descent and has confronted the complex legacies of centuries of conflict in the Middle East. One way he does this is by fostering community through the shared experience of a meal with people of various backgrounds

In February 2020, Rakowitz and Huang came together to create a community meal in Dallas, free to all, catered by Huang’s nonprofit kitchen—Break Bread, Break Borders—which employs and empowers refugee women. Over 500 people, from all over the city and from all walks of life, attended the event, which was hosted at F.A.R.M. (Farmers Assisting Returning Military), an urban farm in downtown Dallas.

About Nasher Prize Dialogues

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 Artists and Authorship in partnership with The Common Guild, Glasgow in association with Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2018; The Public Place of Sculpture at Museo Jumex, Mexico City; The Work of Sculpture in the Age of Digital Production at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin; and Why Sculpture Now? at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, in partnership with the Henry Moore Foundation.


Hartland and Mackie Family; Janelle and Alden Pinnell/The Pinnell Foundation; and Christen and Derek Wilson are the Dialogues Sponsors of the Nasher Prize.

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