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Nasher Announces Fall Shows – One Turns A Gallery Into A Luxurious Salon

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Photo: courtesy of the Nasher Sculpture Center

The ‘salon’ will be called “Chalet Dallas,” and it’ll be designed by artist Piero Golia, who is, naturally, a conceptual artist, with architect Edwin Chan, who collaborated with Frank Gehry before creating his own company, EC3. Golia has done this kind of ‘artists’ hangout’ before — in Los Angeles — only in that case, it was in an out-of-the-way place, you had to be ‘in the know’ to know about. Here, he’ll transform the Nasher’s corner gallery with “white oak wood furniture and chandeliers, Venetian blue plastered walls, cork wood floors and works of art by Pierre Huyghe” — which, in LA, was a giant aquarium.

 

In any event, the “chalet” will be open during the day  (October 3, 2015 – February 7, 2016) to anyone who wants to check it out, but during “certain evenings, it will have a different life as an artists’ salon in the tradition of Gertrude Stein’s Paris apartment.”

Perhaps Ernest Hemingway will drop by. Then Stein will help him with his writing. Years later, Hemingway will have his revenge in print — as he did with most who helped him. One can only hope “Chalet Dallas” will be as creative and … you know. Entertaining.

A retrospective on Giuseppe Penone will be the first show to open in the fall. A young member of the “Arte Povera” (“poor art”) movement in Italy in the late ’60s, Penone has continually explored the links between humanity and nature, between aesthetic and natural forms — first in the forest near Garessio where he was born (tree trunks featured a lot in these pieces) and later with the ‘natural forms’ sometimes being his own body (he’s grown vegetables in the shape of his face and then cast them in bronze). Being the River, Repeating the Forest will feature conceptual and sculpture works from throughout his career.

The “Sightings” show (meaning it’ll be in the Nasher’s lower, smaller gallery) will feature the work of LA pop artist-ironist-entrepreneur Alex Israel, who’s started his own line of sunglasses (Freeway Eyeware) and online TV show (As It LAys — a joke on the famous Joan Didion LA-angst novel, Play It As It Lays). At the Nasher, he plans to combine “new sculptural objects made in the vernacular vocabulary of Hollywood movies with objects from the Nasher Collection.”

The full release:

Nasher Sculpture Center Announces Fall 2015 Exhibitions
Three back-to-back exhibitions present a wide range of approaches to sculpture

DALLAS, Texas (May 26, 2012) – The Nasher Sculpture Center announces three exhibitions for fall 2015, featuring approximately 20 works spanning the career of the influential Italian Arte Povera artist, Giuseppe Penone; an immersive and evolving social installation by LA-based artist and Italiannative, Piero Golia; and a medley of objects related to Hollywood and pop-culture by Los Angelesnative, Alex Israel.

“This fall, the Nasher offers an unprecedented variety of exhibitions, from the meditative, process rich work of the influential Italian artist Giuseppe Penone to the participatory and socially-activated space of Piero Golia’s Chalet Dallas to the pop culture-infused objects of Alex Israel,” says Director Jeremy Strick. “These shows promise to shift how we engage with the space of the Nasher, with the natural world, and with each other in ways that are surprising and profound.”

The fall exhibition schedule runs from September 19, 2015 to February 7, 2016.

Giuseppe Penone: Being the River, Repeating the Forest
September 19, 2015 – January 10, 2016
Italian artist Giuseppe Penone has played an integral role in the development of art over the past five decades. From his conceptual and performative works of the 1960s and 70s to the large-scale sculptural installations of the past ten years, Penone has explored intimate, sensate, and metaphysical connections with nature. Working in a stunning variety of materials—including clay, wood, stone, metal, plaster, resin, acacia thorns—the artist makes palpable and present the
analogous processes of nature and art: carving large trees along their growth patterns to reveal the sapling contained within; elaborating the interior space of his closed hand into a large-scale sculpture that both contains his hand and enlarges the space it contains; rendering the swirling mists of his breath in the cold in tactile clay forms that contain the impression of his body. The exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center will feature a selection of work in a variety of materials highlighting the development of Penone’s ideas over the course of his career.

Piero Golia: Chalet Dallas
October 3, 2015 – February 7, 2016
In collaboration with architect Edwin Chan, artist Piero Golia has designed a physical space that will completely transform the Nasher’s corner gallery into a luxurious salon comprised of fine materials such as white oak wood furniture and chandeliers, Venetian blue plastered walls, cork wood floors and works of art by Pierre Huyghe, Mark Grotjahn, and Jeff Wall. Golia’s intention is to create an intimate gathering spot for influential and creative minds to meet and interact in a relaxed and beautiful environment. The artist also seeks to provide an entertaining and unpredictable structure to organized gatherings. During the daytime it will be a space that museum visitors can walk into, see, and experience, but during certain evenings it will have a different life as an artists’ salon in the tradition of Gertrude Stein’s Paris apartment.

Sightings: Alex Israel
October 24, 2015 – January 31, 2016
The work of Alex Israel deals in the images and cultural eccentricities of his native Los Angeles. From his sunglass company Freeway Eyewear to his YouTube talk show called As it LAys, wherein he interviews famous and not-so-famous Hollywood personalities, Israel is always plumbing the surface of the iconic pop culture of LA to better understand its global influence. For his Sightings exhibition at the Nasher, Israel will combine new sculptural objects made in the vernacular vocabulary of Hollywood movies with objects from the Nasher Collection to make quasi-narrative
installations within the gallery.

About the Nasher Sculpture Center:

Located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the Nasher Sculpture Center is home to the Raymond
and Patsy Nasher Collection, one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculpture in
the world, featuring more than 300 masterpieces by Calder, de Kooning, di Suvero, Giacometti,
Gormley, Hepworth, Kelly, Matisse, Miró, Moore, Picasso, Rodin, Serra, and Shapiro, among others.
The longtime dream of the late Nashers, the museum occupies a 2.4-acre site and is comprised of a
55,000 square-foot building designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano, and a 1.4 acre
garden designed in collaboration with landscape architect Peter Walker. The museum seamlessly
integrates the indoor galleries with the outdoor garden spaces, creating a museum experience unlike
any other in the world. On view in the light-filled galleries and amid the garden grounds are a rotating
selection of works from the Collection, as well as important exhibitions of modern and contemporary
sculpture, including Sightings, a series of small-scale exhibitions and site-specific installations that
explore new work by established and emerging artists. In addition to the indoor and outdoor gallery
spaces, the Center contains an auditorium, education and research facilities, a cafe, and a store.
Conceived for the exhibition, study, and conservation of modern and contemporary sculpture, the
Nasher Sculpture Center also presents a diverse array of educational and cultural programs in
dialogue with the Collection and special exhibitions, such as 360: Artists, Critics, Curators, a lecture
series featuring art-world visionaries in conversations focused on sculptural themes.
The Nasher Sculpture Center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm, and from 10 am
to 5 pm on the first Saturday of each month. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for
students, and free for children 12 and under and members, and includes ac

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Art&Seek Jr: 11 Adventures For You And Your Toddler

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Art&Seek Jr. is one mom‘s quest to find activities to end the seemingly endless chorus of the “I’m Bored Blues” while having fun herself.  Impossible you say? Check back on Tuesdays for kid-friendly events that are fun for adults, too.

When Rose was a baby I had a favorite nursery rhyme I like to recite when I changed her diaper. It went like this:

Baby, baby dumpling
Put her in the pot,
Sugar her and butter her
And eat her while she’s hot!

When I’d say “sugar” I’d tickle her, and on “eat her while she’s hot” I’d blow raspberries on her tummy.  Suffice to say, she loved it. Every time I did the rhyme I’d get the much coveted baby squeal/laugh. I’m not sure where Baby, Baby Dumpling came from, but I have to say, it’s the perfect metaphor to describe luscious, chunky babies that are so appealing you just want to eat them up. I mean really, is there anything more irresistible than a plump baby, or a dumpling?

Cyrus is pegging the cuteness meter. Photo: Nilufer Arsala

Cyrus pegs the cuteness meter. Photo: Nilufer Arsala

Sadly Rose hasn’t been a “dumpling” for a while now, but thankfully Facebook helps me get my fix, as several of my friends have “dumpling” age babies whose pictures show up regularly on my feed. My friend Nilufer’s son Cyrus is one such child. Cyrus is so adorable, if he were in the room with you right now, you wouldn’t be able to stop yourself from squeezing his little baby thigh.

In addition to his full time gig being cute, Cyrus is also almost two. He’s just about to graduate from his baby dumpling stage to full blown toddler-on-the-go. Which, as any parent of a toddler can tell you, means he’s buzzing with energy and needs stuff to do. It can be tough to find activities for the under-4 set. Nap time and potty training can really throw a wrench into a lot of plans. So with Cyrus and his mom in mind, here’s the Junior’s list of can’t miss toddler activities.

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Open Classical Takes Classical Music in a New Direction

 

 

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Pianist Thiago Nascimento and host Brent Buemi collaborate at open mic. Photo: Shelley Kenneavy

Open Classical is a group of musicians looking to change the classical music scene – in North Texas and beyond. KERA’s Shelley Kenneavy got a taste of how these artists share, experiment, socialize, and collaborate.

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Remember The Bernini Clay Models At the Kimbell Two Years Ago?

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Photo: courtesy of the Kimbell Art Museum

Several books and exhibitions about the 17th-century master, Gian Lorenzi Bernini, are discussed in the June 4th edition of The New York Review of Books. Essayist Ingrid D. Rowlands writes a mini-biography of the sculptor-architect-adulterer, his art and times. What immediately prompted the essay are two exhibitions — one on Bernini that’s closed at the Prado in Madrid, the other about Baroque art in Rome in general that’s still at the Fondazione Roma Museo.

But Rowlands uses those as a launching pad for a wider consideration of recent studies and shows — including Bernini: Sculpting in Clay, which the Kimbell presented in 2013 (here’s my extensive review of the exhibition). Because the Metropolitan in New York also presented the show, it’s generally credited with it, but those who saw both know the presentation at the Kimbell excelled the Met’s.

In any event, here’s Rowlands on Bernini’s clay models:

As a doctoral student, Irving Lavin made a pioneering study of the terra-cotta models that were such an important part of Bernini’s working method, and a choice selection of these, by Bernini himself, by his assistants, and by his rivals, has been gathered in one room of the “Barocco a Roma” exhibition. The best guide to understanding these works and their place in the great sculptor’s artistic life is Bernini: Sculpting in Clay, the catalog of a recent exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Here Anthony Sigel, curator of sculpture at Harvard’s Fogg Museum (which has its own impressive set of Bernini terra-cottas), provides a detailed list of Gian Lorenzo’s sculptural techniques, but for any viewer the most moving aspect of terra-cotta will be the way it preserves traces of the artist’s touch, in smears and swipes of the fingers, in the imprints of his nails and his surprisingly slender fingertips. As long as these exist, it is hard to maintain that Bernini is dead.

It should be noted that Kimbell curator C. D. Dickerson III is co-author of the catalog and oversaw the Kimbell’s superlative exhibition.

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Enjoying Awkward Moments With Esther Pearl Watson

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“Pasture Cows…” by Esther Pearl Watson, hangs in the atrium at Amon Carter Museum.

There’s a new mural hanging in the Amon Carter Museum. It’s 13 feet by 10 feet, painted in a folk-art style and depicts a rural scene in Comanche Texas. Cows cross a creek bed shaded by big oak trees.  A man mends a barbed wire fence, and two girls hold hands in a field. And up in the sky is a big pink glittery flying saucer. I asked the artist, Esther Pearl Watson, to explain.

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Laura Rivera of Arlington, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest. Laura is a first time winner of our  little contest. She follows last week’s winner, Samarpita Sengupta of Dallas.

If you would like to participate in the Flickr Photo of the Week contest, all you need to do is upload your photo to our Flickr group page. It’s fine to submit a photo you took earlier than the current week, but we are hoping that the contest will inspire you to go out and shoot something fantastic this week to share with Art&Seek users. If the picture you take involves a facet of the arts, even better. The contest week will run from Tuesday to Monday, and the Art&Seek staff will pick a winner on Friday afternoon. We’ll notify the winner through FlickrMail (so be sure to check those inboxes) and ask you to fill out a short survey to tell us a little more about yourself and the photo you took. We’ll post the winners’ photo on Tuesday.

9385106744_394931d060_oNow here’s more from Laura.

Title of photo: AT the DMS Late Night Inca Celebration

Equipment: Sony A7 with Sony 28-70 mm lens

Tell us more about your photo: I took this photo while outside the front of the Dallas Museum of Art at the May Late Night event. There were many ways that the museum was celebrating the opening of their new Inca: Conquest of the Andes exhibit. The trees at the front of the museum entrance were all draped in colorful paper decorations, and I went to take a closer look at them. That when I saw these women in their bright costumes–were an irresistible subject to try and photograph. I loved how their face makeup and expressions seemed to capture the spirit of the Incas.

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WaterTower Theatre’s Season Expands To Six Shows, Five Of Them Premieres

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Jonathan Bragg in Creep. Photo: courtesy of WaterTower Theatre

Addison’s WaterTower Theatre’s 2015-’16 season features the world premiere of Dallas playwright-composer Donald Fowler’s Jack-the-Ripper-inspired musical, Creep, as well as the regional premiere of One Man, Two Guvnors, the West End and Broadway hit comedy (updated to swinging London in the ’60s from Carlo Goldoni’s classic farce, The Servant of Two Masters). The National Theatre stage show made James Cordden a star — and eventually, the host of The Late Late Show.

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Kitchen Dog Announces Temporary Home And New Season

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The current home of the MAC and Kitchen Dog – for not much longer.

Because the McKinney Avenue Contemporary — Kitchen Dog’s Uptown home — will eventually be moving to new quarters south of downtown but all that’ll take awhile, the Kitcheners have found temporary digs for their next season at the Green Zone, the Design District warehouse that has been Project X Studio, a converted warehouse space that has hosted an on-and-off series of theater, music and dance events . Kitchen Dog Theater will announce its new HQ once current negotiations have been finalized.

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Dallas Theater Leader Jac Alder Has Died

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Jac Alder in Freud’s Last Session at Theatre Three.

Marty van Kleeck, managing director of Theatre Three, said Jac Alder died early this afternoon at Baylor Hospital. The cause was respiratory failure, although Alder had long suffered from chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). He had been taken to the hospital a month ago with breathing difficulty but had returned home to his Uptown-area condominium. Van Kleeck said it was a shock when he went back to Baylor two days ago because he seemed to be doing so well.

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Saturday Spotlight – A Farmers Market that Rocks

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For this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re headed to Shipping and Receiving Bar in Fort Worth for the Rockin’ Farmers Market. Rockin’ Our Community is a food movement dedicated to providing local, fresh food to families in North Texas, and this is not your average farmers market – along with the normal fare found at a market, you’ll find local bands and handmade goods.

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