Cycle to the Nasher Sculpture Center – Sunday Oct 20th
I recently sat down with Ester Ippolito, Manger of Visitor Services, Nasher Sculture Center, and Tracy and Amanda Popken of Dallas Cycle Style to review the details for the Nasher’s Cycle to the Nasher event. This is one of several events celebrating the Center’s 10 year anniversary (full press release here). Here is the short version – Sunday, October 20th the Nasher will be open from 10am to 10pm with an array of family friendly activities including art, music, food, yoga, cycling and other assorted fun.
For the cyclist in you – They will be introducing their new bike racks that day and at 4pm they’re hosting a Cycle to the Nasher Happy Hour (as in a bar) just for us cyclists. Bike parking in that neck of the woods could stand some improvement, so we say bravo to our Nasher friends for setting a good example and also reaching out to the cycling community like this. And did I mention the museum is free that day?
There is a full day of activities so you’re welcome to enjoy as much as you can but definitely make the 4pm event that has been created just for us. Several bike groups are already planning group rides to the Nasher that day, if you pass those details on to me I’ll add them to this post. See you there!
ps: Order the Chinese Chicken salad from the cafe, yum.
From their press release:
Relax your body and mind during this electronics-free hour.10 am – 12 pm: Complimentary Coffee Bar in Nasher Cafe
Get caffeinated with gourmet coffee served Wolfgang Puck-style.11 am – 4 pm: Nasher Cafe Open
Enjoy your favorite Wolfgang Puck lunches & snacks served fresh.11 am – 1 pm: Artist Demonstration with Kyle Hobratschk
Be inspired to bring out your inner artist.11 am – 3 pm: Instant Photos in Nasher Garden with boothBOOTH
Capture your memories with free group photos.12 – 12:30 pm: Street Performance by Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company
Gather along Flora street for a live performance.12:30 – 1 pm: Storytime with Children’s Author and Storyteller Toni Simmons
Bring out the little ones for a special storytime in the Garden.12 – 2 pm: Complimentary Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches
Cool off with a special treat (while supplies last).1 – 1:30 pm: Collection Highlights Tour
Learn about the Collection in this guided tour of the galleries and garden.1:30 pm: Special 10th Anniversary Cake Celebration
Free artistic cake presentation in Nasher Hall (while supplies last).2 – 3 pm: 360 Lecture: Nasher XChange Panel
Learn about this exciting citywide art exhibition with curators and critics:
Jed Morse, Chief Curator, Nasher Sculpture Center
Stephen Ross, Project Manager, Nasher XChange
Peter Simek, Arts Editor, D Magazine’s Front Row
Rochelle Steinerm Dean of Roski School of Fine Arts, USC3 – 3:30 pm: Complimentary Wine Reception
Guests who attend the 360 lecture are invited to enjoy a glass of wine.4 – 5 pm: Cycle to the Nasher / Happy Hour
A special happy hour for cyclists enjoying the new Nasher bike racks.4 – 10 pm: Bar Service and Grab n’ Go
Grab a cocktail inside or order food to go from Nasher Cafe.
4 – 6 pm: Member Happy Hour hosted by Avant-Garde Society
Now’s the time to join to take part in this members-only reception.
4 – 8 pm: DJ Jeff Mitchell & The Phonophreaks
Get groovy in the Garden with live music.
5 – 5:30 pm: Nasher Architecture Tour
Learn about the architecture of the Renzo Piano designed building.
6 – 7 pm: “Nasher Plugged In” / Social Media Scavenger Hunts
Tune in to your electronic devices for fun art hunts and chances to win prizes.
6 – 9 pm: Instant Photos in Nasher Garden with boothBOOTH
Capture your memories with free group photos.
8 – 10 pm: Acoustic Live Music and Bar Service in Nasher Garden
Night-time fun includes live music and drinks.
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About Nasher XChange: To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Nasher Sculpture Center will present Nasher XChange, a dynamic art exhibition consisting of 10 newly-commissioned public sculptures by contemporary artists at 10 sites throughout the city of Dallas from October 19, 2013 to February 16, 2014. Covering a diverse range of neighborhoods and approaches to sculpture, Nasher XChange represents the first citywide, museum-organized public art exhibition in the United States. The artists participating in Nasher XChange include Ruben Ochoa, Rick Lowe, Ugo Rondinone, Alfredo Jaar, Vicki Meek, Good/Bad Art Collective, Liz Larner, Lara Almarcegui, Charles Long, and Rachel Harrison.
About Return to Earth:
Held in conjunction with the museum’s 10th anniversary, the Nasher Sculpture Center presents Return to Earth: Ceramic Sculpture of Fontana, Melotti, Miró, Noguchi, and Picasso, 1943-1963, from September 21, 2013 through January 19, 2014. This is the first exhibition to explore the phenomenal increase in interest ceramics received from artists of the avant-garde during this period. The Nasher’s exhibition will offer an in-depth look at this subject through nearly eighty ceramic works from American and European public and private collections, ranging in scale from the intimate to the monumental. In contrast to these artists’ work in other media, their pursuit of ceramics has for the most part received scant attention, particularly in the United States.
About the Nasher Sculpture Center
Established in 2003, the Nasher Sculpture Center is home to one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculpture in the world, the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, featuring more than 300 masterpieces by Calder, de Kooning, di Suvero, Giacometti, Gormley, Hepworth, Kelly, Matisse, Miró, Moore, Picasso, Rodin, Serra, Shapiro, and Turrell, among others. The longtime dream of the late Raymond and Patsy Nasher, the museum is an urban oasis in the heart of the downtown Dallas Arts District.
Occupying a 2.4-acre site, the Nasher 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 building is enclosed by glass facades that create a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor galleries. 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 features rotating exhibitions drawn from the Nasher Collection as well as special exhibitions in its indoor and outdoor galleries. The Nasher Sculpture Center also presents a diverse array of educational and cultural programs, including Sightings, a series of small-scale exhibitions and installations that explore new work by established and emerging sculptors; the highly-acclaimed Soundings series that introduces new music to Dallas audiences; and 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 access to special exhibitions. For more information, visit www.NasherSculptureCenter.org.
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