Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium

Organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center, this symposium offers students a chance to take the Nasher Prize Laureate’s work as inspiration for their own scholarly and creative work. Student presentations and an accompanying publication expand scholarship on the field of contemporary sculpture and its many forms.

2018 Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium

April 5, 2018

Addressing a broad audience of art historians and museum professionals, the upcoming Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium will address the work of the 2018 Nasher Prize Laureate Theaster Gates.

The Nasher will be accepting proposals for papers through January 15, 2018.

Keynote Speaker 

Matthew Jesse Jackson, Associate Professor of Art History, Visual Arts, and the College of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Chicago; Beinecke Fellow at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts

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2017 Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium

March 30, 2017

The 2017 symposium addressed themes related to the work of the 2017 Nasher Prize Laureate, Pierre Huyghe, known for his multifarious practice encompassing a variety of materials and disciplines.

Keynote Speaker 

Nicolas Bourriaud, Director of La Panacée art center, Montpellier, France


Pavel Pys, Curator of Visual Art, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Student Presentations

Noni Brynjolson, University of California, San Diego
After the Party: The Convivial Moment as Departure Point
in Relational Art

Pietro Scammacca, The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Pierre Huyghe’s Baroque Bifurcations and Organisms

Rebecca Starr, University of Leeds
The Right to Be Lazy: (Un)Productivity and Leisure in
Pierre Huyghe’s
L’Association des Temps Libérés

Ursula Ströbele, Universität der Künste Berlin
Concepts of Nature in Sculpture Today

Emilie Walsh, University of Melbourne
Exploring Scenarios: Pierre Huyghe’s Video-Sculptures

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Download 2017 Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium Compendium (PDF)