Monday, January 2, 2012

Totally Texas -- Art and walking on grass

Nasher Sculpture Center

2001 Flora St., Dallas


My daughter practically grew up at NorthPark Center, as enthralled by its museum-worthy modern art collection as by the shopping. So I didn’t have to apply much persuasion to get her to visit a whole garden’s worth of outdoor sculpture from the collection of the family that developed NorthPark.

Her twin sons were out of their kindergarten classes for winter holidays, so any outing had to be friendly to exuberant little boys. The Nasher is. There’s an indoor portion of the museum, where the boys appreciated the sculptural quality of even the drinking fountains. But the high point was the outdoor display -- approximately thirty pieces in a garden setting of nearly two and a half acres where walking on the grass is positively required.

The art, drawn from the collection of the late Raymond and Patsy Nasher, changes periodically. On this visit, the boys’ favorite was Richard Serra’s curving double wall of Cor-ten steel entitled, “My Curves are not Mad.”

Walking between the forty-four foot long weathered walls of Serra’s work is like traveling through a cave with a view of the sky. The boys didn’t have to touch the walls to appreciate the experience of enclosure and discovery.

Although admission is always free for children age twelve and younger, the Nasher offers free admission to all January 7, as on the first Saturday of each month. The “Target First Saturdays” programs include children’s art activities, family tours, story time with the Dallas Public Library, and more. See for details.

The Nasher opens at 10 a.m. for First Saturdays. Otherwise, its hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Its site near Woodall Rogers Freeway and North Pearl Street in downtown Dallas is adjacent to both the Dallas Museum of Art and the Crow Collection of Asian Art.

Can’t wait until Saturday for your art fix? The Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, offers free admission tomorrow, January 3, and the first Tuesday of every month. See for regular admission and hours, as well as discounts on combined tickets for the DMA and the Nasher.


Thanks to readers from nearly two dozen countries who viewed my blog 2,230 times in 2011!

Here’s a guide to what you’ll see in the coming year: Mondays are about family-friendly places and events, concentrating on my area of North Central Texas. My lively grandsons are my guide to what kids like, and their tastes run to the outdoors and out-sized (as in this post about the Nasher Center). Wednesdays are about the art and craft of writing, with plenty of practical advice, such as this week’s post about writing conferences. Fridays are a tour through classic adventure literature of all genres. January’s selections focus on nonfiction adventures, and themes vary each month.

Each post is small enough to read on a coffee break but large enough to challenge your
imagination. Have a great year!

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