Calendar / Type: Concerts and Performances

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Poetry Reading with Elizabeth Alexander - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Nasher Museum presents poet, essayist, and playwright Elizabeth Alexander, who will share poems thematically related to paintings on view in Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist. Alexander delivered her poem “Praise Song for the Day” at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, and is the author of six books of poetry and two collections of essays. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and the winner of the first Jackson Prize for Poetry in 2007. Based in New York, Alexander is the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of African American Studies at Yale University.

Thursday, May 1, 2014


The Beast performs - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

African American Music from Spirituals to Hip-hop


Led by Pierce Freelon, hip-hop and jazz quartet The Beast’s performance will tell the story of African American music against the backdrop of art by Archibald Motley. Performing original songs, as well as standards from the spiritual, jazz, and hip-hop canon, The Beast will introduce visitors to their revolutionary new style of music while paying homage to the musicians who came before them.


Gallery Talk at 6 PM; Performance in the lecture hall at 7 PM.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

American Dance Festival - Two Room Apartment

American Dance Festival – Two Room Apartment - 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

ADF and the Nasher Museum co-present Two Room Apartment by Israeli choreographers Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor. Sheinfeld and Laor have recreated the seminal 1987 work Two Room Apartment, which helped make a name for Israeli dance. This award-winning work, originally created and performed by the male and female couple Nir Ben Gal and Liat Dro, has been reworked as a dance for two men. The duet reflects on their relationship as partners in life and as creators. Both personal and political, the work examines boundaries in various contexts: physical borders, such as between territories or between two rooms, but also non-physical borders, such as the one between life and performance, and the boundaries that the individual sets for himself. There will be limited chair seating available, on a first-come first-served basis, for these performances. Additional seating will be available on the floor, and audience members will also have the option of standing. Performance is approx. 50 minutes.

Two shows: 7 PM and 9 PM