Recently, news from Dallas’s Nasher Sculpture Center has revolved around the museum’s feud with the ill-constructed Museum Tower nearby. Now, however, the Center is stepping out from under the tower’s glare with the announcement of the commission of 10 new public sculptures to celebrate the museum’s 10th anniversary. 10 artists — Lara Almarcegui, Good/Bad Art Collective, Rachel Harrison, Alfredo Jaar, Liz Larner, Charles Long, Rick Lowe, Vicki Meek, Ruben Ochoa, and Ugo Rondinone— will create the public works which will be installed at 10 sites citywide from October 19, 2013 to February 16, 2014.
Curators have arranged for each artist to visit Dallas and select a neighborhood for which to develop their sculpture for an event the museum is calling “the first citywide, museum-organized public art exhibition in the United States.” The projects vary widely from artist to artist. Swiss-Born, New York-based artist Ugo Rondinone, who just had a Public Art Fund show in New York’s Rockefeller Center, is designing a wooden pier for Fish Trap Lake in West Dallas. Denton, Texas-based group Good/Bad Art Collective are presenting their first project in more than ten years, which takes the form of a 28-minute infomercial filmed in Downtown’s Bryan Tower that will debut in a one-night event, but continue to be broadcast on late night and early morning television timeslots. New York-based artist Rachel Harrison will stage an intervention with Henry Moore’s public sculpture “The Dallas Piece,” which is already on view at Dallas City Hall in Downtown Dallas.
“As the only institution in the world exclusively dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and researching modern and contemporary sculpture, the Nasher Sculpture Center is uniquely positioned to investigate this growing practice of sculpture in the public realm,” said Nasher Director and 2013 Texas Biennial curator Jeremy Strick in the press release. “Nasher XChange will extend the museum’s core mission beyond its walls and into Dallas’ diverse neighborhoods, alongside key community partners, to present advances in the rapidly expanding field of sculpture, raise the level of discourse on the subject within the city, and contribute to broader national and international conversations on public sculpture.”