Tuesday, September 17, 2013
10 works of art in upcoming city-wide art installation, Nasher XChange
Here's a rundown of what you can expect.
In February, the Nasher Sculpture Center announced a major cultural first: The museum would be unveiling a series of 10 site-specific sculptures by 10 cutting-edge artists throughout Dallas' most diverse neighborhoods. Together, they would form a singular exhibition -- the world's first museum-curated, citywide public art installation -- called Nasher XChange. In conjunction with the museum's tenth anniversary, the free exhibition will run from October 19, 2013 through February 16, 2014.
Over the last 10 weeks of summer, plans for and descriptions of each sculpture were revealed in impeccable style as their respective artists began the process of installing them throughout the city. With the exhibition's official opening on October 19, here's a rundown of where and how you can check out the major contribution to Dallas culture.
CURTAINS -- Find Denton-based Good/Bad art collective's CURTAINS at Bryan Tower downtown. Unlike other semi-permanent sculptures in the exhibition, CURTAINS will feature a one-night television broadcast. It consists of a 28-minute infomercial filmed in an empty office space in Bryan Tower. Guests can walk through the space to see sculpture elements, such as props used in the infomercial, and the piece itself will be broadcast during a late-night time slot on local television. You can see it in full between 3 and 3:30 a.m. on October 19 on KDFI Channel 27.
"Buried House" -- Rotterdam-based Spanish artist Lara Almarcegui created "Buried House" in collaboration with the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. Following the destruction of a home in the Oak Cliff Gardens neighborhood, Alamarcegui has been burying its remains to create a memorial site in memory of historical neighborhoods to examine the process of urban change and to honor Dallas' past.
Untitled by Rachel Harrison -- New York artist Rachel Harrison will fabricate a massive pink arrow on the Plaza at City Hall. Pointing to an existing sculpture -- Henry Moore's 1978 The Dallas Piece -- Harrison's arrow reflects the importance of noticing Dallas' existing commitment to public art, as well as the history of Dallas City Hall, designed by I.M. Pei. The project's concept grew out of her reaction to barricades surrounding Moore's sculpture, reminiscent of stanchions that often encircle sculptures within museums.
Fountainhead -- Find Charles Long's "Fountainhead" at NorthPark Center. According to the press release, the "interactive, waterless fountain ... performs every function of a traditional fountain, only virtually." It features video projection and musical accompaniment, and -- inspired by the way coins tossed into the Trevi Fountain are donated to charity -- the sculpture provides viewers a place and opportunity to donate to three local nonprofits: Bookmarks, Dallas CASA, and the North Texas Food Bank. "After payment is tendered, visitors are encouraged to flick a virtual coin off of the screen toward the sculpture resulting in an exuberant splash of dollars going in every direction," the release describes.
Black & Blue, Cultural Oasis in the Hills: Dallas' own Vicki Meek's "Black & Blue" celebrates Bishop College, an historical African American college formerly located in Marshall, Texas. The college moved to South Dallas, and its campus is now occupied by Paul Quinn College. Meek's work celebrates the intellectual and cultural development of Dallas by incorporating a series of historical markers, an interactive web component and video interviews.
Music (Everything I know I learned the day my son was born) -- Located in the Nasher Garden, Alfredo Jaar's installation explores the ideas of birth, growth and reflection, in tune with the Nasher's 10-year anniversary celebration. Chilean-born, New York-based Jaar has installed a pavilion where inside, visitors will hear recordings of babies born in Dallas between October 1, 2013 and February 1, 2014. According to the release, Jaar said, "These babies will enter the museum at the earliest age possible, almost immediately out of their mothers’ womb. They will come not as visitors, but as active participants – as artists and performers themselves.”
Untitled by Ugo Rondinone -- Installed on the shores of Fish Trap Lake near the former site of LaReunion -- a nineteenth century Utopian artist colony near the Trinity River -- Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone's piece takes shape in the form of a "simple wooden pier." According to the release, Rondinone's "aim is to foster a transcendent experience through an ordinary act: being on a pier. On the pier, visitors stand above the water surrounding them, immersed in the intense colors of the structure, the Texas sky and the Dallas skyline in the distance."
Trans.lation -- Rick Lowe calls his installation a "social sculpture." Reminiscent of similar work he's done in his native Houston, "Trans.lation" can be found in the Vickery Meadows neighborhood, one of the city's most ethnically and culturally diverse. It consists of a series of pop-up markets on Saturdays between October 2013 and February 2014 that allow denizens to share artistic works and cultural traditions with the whole community.
Untitled by Ruben Ochoa -- Ruben Ochoa's sculptural installation will echo the Trinity Audubon Center's commitment to nature. According to the 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."
X -- Los Angeles-based Liz Larner is famous for a series of "x" sculptures, which references the letter's mathematical ambiguity: X is a variable. Installed at the University of Texas at Dallas, Larner's newest work will be displayed in the courtyard of the new Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building. The mirror-polished, stainless steel sculpture symbolizes the unknown and the endless potential for Dallas arts.
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