Back in the early ’90s, Dallas arts were suffering the fallout of a recessionary climate. At the same time, Dallas’ CBD buildings were having lackluster occupancy. Raymond Nasher’s Business Council for the Arts (formerly called Dallas Business Committee for the Arts) Director Pat Porter arranged relationships between the various art groups with the building landlords. In exchange for office space, the art groups would perform or exhibit in the buildings’ storefront windows. Downtown Dallas became a walking delight of dancers, musicians and artist for passersby.
Fast forward to today’s challenging times courtesy of COVID-19. The art groups have taken incredible hits. But once again the Nasher name is stepping forward using street-level windows to showcase local artists with a program called Nasher Windows at the Nasher Sculpture Center . On display Friday-Wednesday until the Center reopens, the street-facing windows on Flora will display works by “early- and mid-career North Texas artists selected by the Nasher’s curatorial team of Jed Morse, Catherine Craft and Leigh Arnold. Artists have been invited to submit proposals for the space, with special interest in site-specific work or work made for exhibitions previously scheduled in other art spaces but canceled due to the pandemic lockdown.”
According to Nasher Sculpture Center Director Jeremy Strick, “During this time of crisis, before we can reopen the Nasher doors to the public, we are compelled to imagine new ways to show art to our local audiences, and to give our region’s artists a space to show their work. We are grateful that the beautiful building Renzo Piano designed affords us the opportunity to offer our front windows for this series of exhibitions. We hope that the effort contributes to our community’s healing, well-being, and enrichment.”
The first Window will take place on Friday, May 22, featuring Tamara Johnson’s “Deviled Egg And Okra Column,” followed by artist Xxavier Edward Carter’s “Start Livin’ in a New World” on Friday, May 29.
It’s free for the viewing.
* Photo credit: Trey Burns ** Photo provided by Nasher Sculpture Center