Walk in to the gallery featuring “Building the Contemporary Collection” and the Nasher Museum’s philosophy on acquiring contemporary art is immediately clear.
Here are the museum’s most important contemporary works acquired since 2005, with an emphasis on global, emerging artists of color. The exhibition is part of a yearlong celebration of the museum’s fifth anniversary.
“Building the Contemporary Collection” features work by 41 artists, including Barkley L. Hendricks, Christian Marclay, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Kehinde Wiley and Fred Wilson, among others. The exhibition includes painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, video and installation. It is on view through Aug. 14.
“These are exciting works by some of today’s most significant artists,” says Trevor Schoonmaker, Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art, who organized the exhibition. “The exhibition also reflects our interest in and commitment to the art and culture of the African diaspora.”
Find out all about it today, Thursday, April 7, 2011, at First Thursday at the Nasher Museum.
Trevor will lead a free gallery talk at 6 PM. Cash bar starts at 5:30 PM.
The museum is always free on Thursdays, 5-9 PM.
IMAGE: Visitors take in “Building the Contemporary Collection: Five Years of Acquisitions.” Photo by Dr. J Caldwell.