Friday, June 7, 2013 , Updated 2:34 p.m., June 14, 2013
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The Nasher will unveil a new site each week for the next 10 weeks.
DALLAS In February, we reported that the Nasher Sculpture Center will host Nasher XChange, the nation's first city-wide museum-organized public art exhibition. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Nasher has commissioned 10 sculptures by 10 artists to be placed at 10 diverse sites around the city. On Friday, June 14, the Nasher will unveil its first project at the Trinity River Audubon Center with a free celebration and bird release.
The historic Nasher XChange exhibition will kick off with guided bird hikes, crafts, and free commemorative hard hats for the first 50 children, according to a press release. The celebration begins at 9 a.m. and includes free admission to the Audubon Center all day and remarks at 1 p.m. by the exhibition's chief curator and artist Ruben Ochoa, whose sculpture will be installed on-site, followed by a celebratory pigeon release.
Ochoa will work over the summer installing his sculpture. Kristen Gibbins of the Nasher Sculpture Center said that details are still under wraps, but there is a tie-in between Ochoa's piece and the bird release.
"Pigeons are a common urban bird that everyone is familiar with seeing in their own neighborhood," Gibbins said. "They make a great education animal because they are easily handled and after being flown they have the unique homing instinct to return back to where they were born, in this case at Trinity River Audubon Center."
Per a press release, festivities from noon to 2 p.m. on June 14 include:
- Guided birding hikes
- Bird crafts
- Nasher art project (mini landscape/sculpture)
- Food trucks
- Photo-op with live owl
Over the next 10 weeks, one site will be revealed each week with accompanying festivities. Nasher XChange will officially open on October 19 and run through February 16, 2014.
UPDATED: The Nasher revealed plans for artist Ruben Ochoa's site-specific sculptures on June 14. According to a press release, his installation responds "to the origins of the Trinity River Audubon Center as an illegal dump site in Southeast Dallas ... he envisions his installation as man-made forms morphing into organic movement, reminiscent of a flock of birds."
The in-progress installation will be unveiled in October, along with the nine additional Nasher XChange pieces of artwork.
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