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Performance as Sculpture: Theaster Gates and Ragnar Kjartansson

Monday, 16. July 2018

Nasher Sculpture Center Announces Nasher Prize Dialogues: Performance and Sculpture, presented in partnership with Reykjavik Art Museum.

  • Theaster Gates is in the middle of the photo.
    Theaster Gates is in the middle of the photo.

Nasher Sculpture Center Announces Nasher Prize Dialogues: Performance and Sculpture, presented in partnership with Reykjavik Art Museum

Conversation will feature artists Theaster Gates and Ragnar Kjartansson at Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhús, August 23, as part of the Nasher Prize’s ongoing series of international public programs

DALLAS, Texas (July 19, 2018) – Nasher Sculpture Center announces Nasher Prize Dialogues: Performance and Sculpture, a conversation between American artist Theaster Gates and Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, moderated by Reykjavik Art Museum’s Head of Exhibitions and Education Markús Þór Andrésson, and presented in partnership with Reykjavik Art Museum on August 23, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. GMT (1-3 p.m. CST) at Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhús.

Artists Theater Gates (2018 Nasher Prize Laureate) and Ragnar Kjartansson will speak in conversation about the role of performance within their respective sculptural practices. Both artists have incredibly varied modes of working, but each uses performance—from music to highly orchestrated films and interventions—as a way of considering narratives of place, history, fact and fiction, and human relationship.

The discussion is part of Nasher Prize Dialogues, the discursive platform of the Nasher Prize, the annual international prize for a living artist in recognition of a body of work that has had an extraordinary impact on the understanding of sculpture. The Dialogues are intended to foster international awareness of sculpture and to stimulate discussion and debate. Programs—including panel discussions, lectures, and symposia—are held in cities around the world on a yearly basis, offering engagement with various audiences, and providing myriad perspectives and insight into the ever-expanding field of sculpture.

Previous international Nasher Prize Dialogues programs include “Artists and Authorship: Reference, Relationships and Appropriation in Contemporary Sculptural Practice” at the Trades Hall of Glasgow, in partnership with The Common Guild; “Sculpture + History” at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas; “The Public Place of Sculpture” at Museo Jumex, Mexico City; “The Work of Sculpture in the Age of Digital Production” at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin; and “Why Sculpture Now?” at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, in partnership with the Henry Moore Foundation.

Watch a special livestream of the discussion on August 23 from 6-8 p.m. GMT (1-3 p.m. CST) via the Nasher Sculpture Center Facebook page

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