Written by Jess Paniszczyn
On a pleasant evening as long shadows began to fall across the garden, the Nasher Sculpture Center welcomed about 100 guests to explore its galleries and art. The annual private event allowed new members to meet each other and take a guided tour of the Center on July 18.
“A friend told us she enjoyed being a member because there are so many interesting lectures,” said Estelle Odell, a new member from Irving. “This is a private tour with a curator and a wonderful wine and cheese reception before. You don’t get those opportunities often. And you have an opportunity to meet new people. It is fun just to have different experiences.”
Some of the evening’s most talked-about work was WUNDERBLOCK, an exhibition of works by Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse. In the lower gallery, WUNDERBLOCK includes a work of art consisting of a room filled with mounds of spray painted dirt surrounded by spray painted walls.
“This is always an interesting place to see,” Estelle’s husband Fred said. “My favorite exhibit so far was the colored dirt I walked through. I enjoyed the vivid colors. It was different when you were in it than when you were looking at it from outside the exhibit.”
“I just thought it was bizarre. I had a little trouble getting the mood,” Estelle added.
“We are fortunate to have the Nasher here. New York wanted it very badly,” Fred said. “Dallas is one of the few cities anywhere that has all of the arts basically in one location. You’ve got the Nasher, the Meyerson, Winspear, and the AT&T Performing Arts Center all in one corridor. This is unique.”