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Nasher Prize Dialogues: Performance as Sculpture, Featuring Theaster Gates and Ragnar Kjartansson

The dynamic conversation will explore the role of performance within artists’ respective sculptural practices.

Ragnar Kjartansson, "Woman in E" (2016)
Ragnar Kjartansson, “Woman in E” (2016). Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavík. Originally presented and organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, Michigan. Photo courtesy of Reykjavík Art Museum.

Nasher Sculpture Center announces Nasher Prize Dialogues: Performance as Sculpture, a conversation between American artist Theaster Gates and Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson 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 will be moderated by Reykjavik Art Museum’s Head of Exhibitions and Education Markús Þór Andrésson.

Tune in on August 23, 2018, from 2-4 pm ET (6-8 pm GMT) for a livestream from the Reykjavik Art Museum – Hafnarhús.

To watch the livestream, follow the Nasher Sculpture Center on Facebook at facebook.com/nashersculpturecenter.

Past Nasher Prize Dialogues programs included partnerships with the following artists and institutions:

Artists and Authorship
Christine Borland, Sam Durant, and Mark Leckey, moderated by Katrina Brown — The Common Guild, Glasgow.

Sculpture + History
Alfredo Jaar, Jill Magid, Paul Ramirez Jonas, and lauren woods, moderated by Ben Davis — The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas.

The Public Place of Sculpture
Sanford Biggers, Damian Ortega, Amalia Pica, and Pedro Reyes, moderated by Pablo León de la Barra — Museo Jumex, Mexico City.

Sculpture in the Age of Digital Production
Rachel de Joode, Kasper König, Jed Morse, and Bettina Pousttchi, moderated by Jörg Heiser — Akademie der Künste, Berlin.

Why Sculpture Now
Phyllida Barlow, Okwui Enwezor, Michael Dean, Jed Morse, and Eva Rothschild, moderated by Lisa Le Feuvre — Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, in partnership with the Henry Moore Foundation.

The Nasher Prize Dialogues is the discursive platform of the Nasher Prize, the annual international sculpture prize for a living artist started in 2016 by the Nasher Sculpture Center.