Elliott Hundley, eyes that run like leaping fire (detail), 2011. Wood, sound board, inkjet print on Kitakata, string, pins, paper, photographs, plastic, wire, and found embroidery, 98 1/2 x 240 5/8 x 11 3/8 inches (250.19 x 611.18 x 28.89 cm). Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection.
The Nasher Museum presented A Material Legacy: The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection of Contemporary Art, an exhibition that explored two distinct legacies: one of contemporary artists’ innovative use of materials, the other of philanthropy and collecting. The artists presented here are the descendants of avant-garde predecessors who emerged a century ago and embraced industrial metals, manufactured objects and other non-traditional materials in the creative process. Comprised almost exclusively of art made in the last 10 years, A Material Legacy reinforced this lineage and provides a glimpse into the varied approaches and techniques of artists today.
The second aspect of this exhibition recognized a legacy of patronage that began with the founding benefactors of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Raymond and Patsy Nasher. In Dallas, they established NorthPark (1965), a shopping center filled with masterpieces from their collection, and the Nasher Sculpture Center (2003), an art museum dedicated to sculpture, ensuring educational art experiences for the public. Daughter and son-in-law Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger continue this same philanthropic spirit through their oversight of NorthPark and support of the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Nasher Museum of Art. Over the past decade, they had amassed a significant collection of their own and are sharing selections from it with the public for the first time in A Material Legacy.
Iván Navarro, BED (Water Tower), Ladder (Water Tower), and ME/WE (Water Tower) from the project This Land is Your Land, 2014. Neon, wood, painted steel, galvanized steel, aluminum, mirror, one-way mirror, and electric energy, edition 1/3, 189 x 105 1/8 x 105 1/8 inches (480.1 x 267 x 267 cm). Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection. Photo by J Caldwell.
Collector and Nasher Museum Board of Advisors Chair Nancy A. Nasher (left) poses in front of a work by Elliott Hundley with her husband David J. Haemisegger, Nasher Museum Director Sarah Schroth and Marshall N. Price, Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Photo by J Caldwell.
Marshall N. Price (right), Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, leads a tour of visitors including Nancy A. Nasher, David J. Haemisegger, Nasher Museum Director Sarah Schroth and others. Photo by J Caldwell.
Visitors to A Material Legacy include (from left) Stephanie Wheatley, director of development, David J. Haemisegger, Marshall N. Price, Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum Director Sarah Schroth and Nancy A. Nasher. Photo by J Caldwell.
Artist Alfredo Jaar (left) pauses in front of his work with Marshall N. Price, Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Photo by J Caldwell.
On a free Family Day, visitors check out a large, red sculpture made of wood by Tony Cragg. Photo by J Caldwell.
Art conservator Ruth Cox (left) chats with Nasher Gallery Guide Ruth Caccavale within the exhibition A Material Legacy. Photo by J Caldwell.
Two visitors take a close look at Matthew Ritchie's work, Link of Nature, oil and ink on canvas. Photo by J Caldwell.
Curator Marshall N. Price poses in front of a work by Anish Kapoor, Full Moon, made of stainless steel, at the entrance to A Material Legacy. Photo by J Caldwell.
Artists in Exhibition
The exhibition featured work by artists David Altmejd, Huma Bhabha, Anthony Caro, Tony Cragg, Edmund de Waal, Mark di Suvero, Teresita Fernández, Liam Gillick, Wayne Gonzales, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Thomas Houseago, Elliott Hundley, Alfredo Jaar, Anish Kapoor, KAWS, Sol LeWitt, Christian Marclay, Kerry James Marshall, Iván Navarro, Giuseppe Penone, Ken Price, Matthew Ritchie, Julian Schnabel, Richard Serra, Rudolf Stingel, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Kara Walker, Dan Walsh, Rachel Whiteread, Kehinde Wiley and Christopher Wool.
These artists have demonstrated an intrinsic material impulse manifest in contemporary art and will provide an important legacy of their own for many generations to come.
Support & Venues
A Material Legacy: The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection of Contemporary Art was organized by Marshall N. Price, Ph.D., Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
The exhibition traveled to the Princeton University Art Museum, July 30 – October 30, 2016.
This exhibition was made possible by the Nancy Hanks Endowment, Katie Thorpe Kerr and Terrance I. R. Kerr, and Kelly Braddy Van Winkle and Lance Van Winkle.
This exhibition was made possible with generous loans from the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection.