Nasher Center in ‘Historic’ Public Art Project

At today’s announcement were, left to right, David Haemisegger, Nancy Nasher Haemisegger, Mike Rawlings and Jeremy Strick. Photo by Jeanne Prejean.

As Peter hinted this morning on FrontRow, the Nasher Sculpture Center announced today a “historic public art project” called Nasher XChange, to commemorate the museum’s 10th anniversary. Under the program, the Nasher will commission 10 new public sculptures by contemporary artists at to-be-announced sites throughout the city. Nasher director Jeremy Strick said the project, which will cost “several million dollars” and run from Oct. 19, 2013, to next Feb. 16, will be the first citywide, museum-organized public art exhibition in the U.S. More than $1 million’s already been raised for it.

At a splashy announcement event attended by Dallas city council members and  Mayor Mike Rawlings—who said the city would be “supporting” the project but not putting up any cash—the names of the 10 artists were revealed, with most hailing from places like L.A., New York, and the Netherlands. The fact that only three are from Texas (from Dallas, Denton, and Houston) should not be a concern, Strick said afterward. “It’s not a show of local artists, but a show highlighting some of the best work being done in public art today,” he said. Some of the “outside” artists will also be working with locals, he added, “so the tentacles will be spread throughout the community.”

Go to FrontRow for more about the artists and project.