Did you know that Rachel Whiteread (pictured) is the first female artist ever to be “showcased” at the Nasher Sculpture Center? Really? But that was not the deciding factor for Nasher Director Jeremy Strick‘s bringing her and her exhibition of 150 drawings to Dallas this week (thru August 15). According to Jeremy, it’s much simpler than that
“She’s one of the most important sculptors of our time. I knew about the show and said, ‘I want that here!'”
Not only did Jeremy get what he wanted, he also had Kenny Goss (pictured) and his sis-in-law Joyce Goss of The Goss-Michael Foundation host both a delicious seated dinner at the Nasher and a post-dinner reception at Kenny’s home in the Bubble.
Want a rundown of the night’s activities, people and stuff? You’ll get it after the jump, but don’t get your hopes up for photos of folks in front of Rachel’s drawings. Photo flashes were prohibited from the gallery with the drawings, so you’ll just have to go to the Nasher to see the collection of 150 drawings/collages.
While Beatles’ music played downstairs, a reception was held upstairs at the Nasher with an interesting mix of types. Blue ribbon art lovers Marion and Nash Flores chatted with Dr. Joanne Stroud (pictured). . . Dallas Morning News editor Bob Mong stayed pretty much with his associate Jerry “Mr. Dallas” Bokamper. . . . Hostess Joyce (pictured) looked absolutely stunning in, “It’s Calvin Klein from the waist up. I can’t remember who did the skirt.” . . . Memory loss about outfits must have been contagious because newlywed Meg McGonigle (pictured) admitted she couldn’t recall who created her too adorable itty-bitty taupe silk dress draped in pearls. The adorable brunette suggested that perhaps husband Patrick might peak at the label, but the president of the Avant-Garde Society laughed at that thought. You did know that the twosome were married in April at Mar-a-Lago, didn’t you? BTW, they’re already looking at houses. She’s a traditional kind of homey and he leans toward the contemporary. Reminds one of Kenny house — best of all ages. But more about that later. . . In another part of the room and looking great was Marguerite Hoffman (pictured), . . Kenny was strolling the gardens with his gal pal Barbara Buzzell. . . Also out gazing at the perfectly-manicured grounds was artist-of-honor Rachel with exhibition curator Allegra Pesenti (pictured).
Then the chimes rang and everyone toddled downstairs for dinner. Foodie alert: Wolfgang Puck Chef Kevin Maclaren‘s menu included
- Salad — Pear and pecorino salad with baby arugula, crushed hazelnuts and toasted honey vinaigrette.
- Entree — Roasted filet mignon and pan seared halibut with asparagus, chive potato cake, crispy capers and walnut butter.
- Dessert — Buttermilk cake with fresh strawberries and crème fraiche.
After dinner, Allegra told the crowd the show was headed to London following its stay in Dallas. She went on to say,
“Like all good things in life, this exhibit was conceived over dinner and wine.”
Later she referred to it as an “inebriated dinner.”
In the midst of her talk, Kenny piped up about how cute Rachel’s children were and how he is always impressed how people can raise kids at the same time as tending to their career. Then he added, “Why am I saying these things? I feel like Oprah.”
That last comment may explain why the evening was far from a stuffy wine and art gathering. Kenny may have international ties (heck, he just flew in from Berlin), but he still has all the charm of a Texan at heart.
And that was proved to the point at his home. The exterior may ooze of traditional 1940’s Park Cities, but once inside it’s wall-to-wall modern art. What’s that? You’re thinking it’s like a showplace of art. Well, you might think that, but if you talk to Kenny more than 30 seconds, you sense his genuine love for the beauty and messages conveyed by the artwork. Almost like a parent’s love for his children. Whether it’s the new Whiteread sculpture (pictured) that was just installed in front of the Goss house this week, the ever-changing colors of his and George Michael‘s portraits (pictured) , or the various pieces of light art, they’re whimsical, dramatic and thought provoking. Let’s face it. Kenny’s still a kid from Euless and just loves gazing at his children.
And speaking of gazing, if you’re a member of the Nasher, you know about the perks in store for you this weekend regarding the Whiteread collection at the Nasher. Ah, the advantage of membership.