Readers Voice Awards – High Art Low Down

Posted on 16 Mar 2006 at 8:48pm


SOARING SHAPES AND FORMS: The Nasher Sculpture Center, one of the few art institutions dedicated almost exclusively to sculpture, makes Dallas a world-class art destination.

Best Museum
Nasher Sculpture Center
2001 Flora St. 214-242-5100
Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., open until 10 p.m. every third Thursday
www.nashersculpturecenter.org

Museums can be so antiseptic, so tomb-like with all their walls and library-hushed ambiance. At Dallas’ Nasher Sculpture Center, however, the traditional boundaries are broken. Literally.

Nestled in downtown Dallas’ revitalized Arts District, the center represents local businessman Raymond Nasher and his wife Patsy’s vision to create an outdoor, “roofless” home for their 20th-century sculpture collection. The space, which opened in October 2003, also doubles as an oasis beneath Big D’s mirrored-glass skyscrapers.

The main building is an architectural jewel designed by Renzo Piano and engineered by Ove Arup. The galleries are beautiful creations of polished stone and timber floors with naturally controlled lighting and tall, airy ceilings. The natural light creates a seamless transition into the outdoor sculpture garden, landscaped by Peter Walker, where large-scale pieces are displayed. The lavish grounds filled with trees and bamboo “walls” make it almost impossible to realize that every side of the Nasher is surrounded by bustling traffic.

Special events include yoga in the garden, film series, art classes and lectures, as well as the popular warm-weather, “Saturday Night in the City” events, which offer extended nighttime hours along with live music and a cash bar for a non-traditional nightlife experience.

Make sure to schedule at least one visit close to sunset and take in the tranquility of James Turrell’s skyspace, “Tending, (Blue).” The complex system of lights that react to the natural light outside, no matter the time of day, create a mesmerizing escape from all that surrounds it.
Steven Lindsey

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, March 17, 2006.

BEST LOCAL STAGE PRODUCTION
Turtle Creek Chorale Holiday Show
www.turtlecreek.org

BEST ART GALLERY
Goss Gallery
2500 Cedar Springs Road. 214-696-0555
Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
www.gossgallery.com

BEST LOCAL THEATER COMPANY
Uptown Players
The Trinity River Arts Center, 2600 Stemmons Freeway Suite 180. 214-219-2718
“Pageant” starts April 21. Wednesday-Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$30
www.uptownplayers.org
BEST TOURING
STAGE PRODUCTION
“Wicked”
Currently playing at the Gershwin Theatre, 222 W. 51 St. New York.
In Dallas April 2007
www.wickedthemusical.com, www.wickedtickets.com

BEST FESTIVAL
Out Takes Film Festival
3818 Cedar Springs Road. Suite 101-105 972-988-6333
Dallas’s GLBT film festival. The eighth annual festival will be presented in November 2006.
www.outtakesdallas.org

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