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July at the Nasher Sculpture Center: Activities & Things to Do

Looking for fun activities to do this summer? Head over to the Nasher in July and check out some of the awesome exhibits they have this month!

Target First Saturdays

Free Admission: 10 am – 5 pm
Families and children are invited to explore the current exhibition through an interactive and fun-filled day featuring tours, art activities, live demos, and more. A special NasherKids passport is a great keepsake from the event, offering incentives for repeat visits and additional take-home art activities.

Monthly “Big Ideas” and Art Activities:

July 7: Identity
Children’s Art Activity, 10 am – 12 noon, Future Self Portraits
Use your imagination to create a portrait that shows what you will look like in the future
Artist Demonstrations, 10 am – 12:30 pm
Art Scavenger Hunt, 10 am – 2 pm
Family Tours, Hourly, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm
Yoga in the Garden presented by Yogasport, 11:30 am (weather permitting)
Discovering Books with Every Child Ready to Read, 12 noon
Storytime with the Dallas Public Library, 12:30 pm
NasherKidsLive!, 1 pm
NasherKids Meal available in Nasher Café, 11 am – 2 pm

360: Artists, Curators, Critics

The Art Guys, artists
Saturday, July 14: 1 pm
Free with admission: Adults $10. Seniors $7. Students $5.
Free for Members and children 12 and under.
Seating is limited. Reservations recommended.

The Nasher Sculpture Center brings art world speakers for conversations or lectures about sculptural themes. Learn about the ever-expanding definition of sculpture and the thought-process behind some of today’s most innovative contemporary artwork, architecture and design.

Described in the New York Times as “a cross between Dada and David Letterman, John Cage and the Smothers Brothers,” The Art Guys (Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing) often use humor and everyday materials as a way to demystify art in an attempt to welcome a broad range of audiences into the discourse of contemporary art. In this way their work has been compared to medieval court jesters and fools as well as noted 20th century artists like Marcel Duchamp and Dada, Fluxus artists, Andy Warhol and William Wegman among others

Immediately following the presentation, guests will enjoy a wine reception with RSVP. For information and reservations, email For updates and more information, please visit


Sightings: Erick Swenson
Extended through September 9, 2012
General Admission: Adults $10. Seniors $7. Students $5.
Free for Members and children 12 and under.

Dallas-based artist Erick Swenson has received national and international acclaim for his beguiling sculptures.  A graduate of theUniversity of North Texas and member of the Good/Bad Art Collective in Denton c. 1999–2000, Swenson first gained international attention when his work was featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York.  His sculptures now grace the collections of the Whitney, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Saatchi Collection in London.

Rendered with a naturalist’s sensitivity and incredible precision, the works often present fantastic vignettes of animals ensnared in strange, sometimes devastating circumstances, or quietly poetic scenes that evoke the beauty and tragedy of nature, as well as our own human condition.  Often shocking in their realism and precise details, the works take months, sometimes years, for the artist to fabricate, making new work by Swenson incredibly rare.  The exhibition features two sculptures fresh from the artist’s studio, ‘Schwärmerei’ and ‘Scuttle,’ and a recent work, Ne Plus Ulta’ making its Texas debut.

Ernesto Neto Cuddle on the Tightrope
Through September 9, 2012
General Admission: Adults $10. Seniors $7. Students $5.
Free for Members and children 12 and under.

The Nasher Sculpture Center has invited internationally-renowned Brazilian artist, Ernesto Neto, to create a new work, entitled Kink, for the large, upstairs Renzo Piano-designed gallery. Often working on the scale of architecture, Neto creates experiential environments from sheer mesh fabric, which dramatically alters our environment and invites interaction inside the organic, womblike, and elemental installation.

Blue Star Museums Program
Through Labor Day, September 3, 2012

The Nasher Sculpture Center is pleased to offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day in conjunction with the Blue Star Museums Program.  First launched in the summer of 2010, Blue Star Museums is a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 1,000 museums across America. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), National Guard and Reserve members and up to five immediate family members.