Bettina Pousttchi at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, USA
Continuing the Sightings series of installations and interventions, the Nasher Sculpture Center presented the first American museum exhibition of German-Iranian artist, Bettina Pousttchi from April 12, 2014 through July 13, 2014.
Drive Thru Museum transformed one of the galleries into a closed urban streetscape and expanded on the relationship between photography, sculpture, and architecture to create a unique environment, drawing on the history of Dallas and the Nasher Sculpture Center site.
For her exhibition at the Nasher, Pousttchi expanded on the relationship between photography, sculpture, and architecture to create a unique environment that drew on the history of the Nasher Sculpture Center site. The artist transformed one of the upstairs galleries into a closed urban streetscape, recalling the gasoline service stations and parking lots that formerly occupied the Nasher location dating back to when Ross Avenue was known as “Automobile Row” in the middle of the 20th century. The floor of the gallery was “blacktopped” and painted to resemble a street, creating a “drive thru” art gallery for selected works from the Nasher Collection. A photographic pattern reminiscent of expanding scissor gates, used to protect storefronts and automobile repair shops, was applied to the glass facades of the gallery, obscuring views into and out of the space. In addition, several of Pousttchi’s sculptures, made from police barricades and street bollards, occupied the spaces surrounding the gallery.
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