Art Sightings

Bettina Pousttchi's Drive Thru Museum revs up art enthusiasts at Nasher fete

Bettina Pousttchi's Drive Thru Museum revs up art fans at Nasher fete

Jed Morse, Bettina Pousttchi
Jed Morse, Bettina Pousttchi Photo by Lisa A. Stewart
Derek Wilson, Laurence Chandler, Christen Wilson
Derek Wilson, Laurence Chandler, Christen Wilson Photo by Lisa A. Stewart
Stephanie Bulger, Peter Cybunski
Stephanie Bulger, Peter Cybunski Photo by Lisa A. Stewart
Lucilo Pena, Rina Kim, Samuel Levi Jones
Lucilo Pena, Rina Kim, Samuel Levi Jones Photo by Lisa A. Stewart
Francisco Sovego, Angie Escamilla
Francisco Sovego, Angie Escamilla Photo by Lisa A. Stewart
Donna Wilhelm, Jeremy Strick
Donna Wilhelm, Jeremy Strick Photo by Lisa A. Stewart
Debra Ripley, Cindy Swartz, Gracie Morisson
Debra Ripley, Cindy Swartz, Gracie Morisson Photo by Lisa A. Stewart
Casey Stranahan, Cris Worley
Casey Stranahan, Cris Worley Photo by Lisa A. Stewart
Anna-Sophia Van Zweden, Ryan McNamara, Nasher ft bettina pousttchi
Anna-Sophia Van Zweden, Ryan McNamara Photo by Lisa A. Stewart
Allison V. Smith, Barry Whistler
Allison V. Smith, Barry Whistler Photo by Lisa A. Stewart
Jed Morse, Bettina Pousttchi
Derek Wilson, Laurence Chandler, Christen Wilson
Stephanie Bulger, Peter Cybunski
Lucilo Pena, Rina Kim, Samuel Levi Jones
Francisco Sovego, Angie Escamilla
Donna Wilhelm, Jeremy Strick
Debra Ripley, Cindy Swartz, Gracie Morisson
Casey Stranahan, Cris Worley
Anna-Sophia Van Zweden, Ryan McNamara, Nasher ft bettina pousttchi
Allison V. Smith, Barry Whistler

As part of the Dallas Art Fair festivities, the Nasher Sculpture Center welcomed loyal patrons and enthusiasts to the opening of Bettina Pousttchi’s Drive Thru Museum, the next installment in the Nasher’s “Sightings” series.

The artist herself and Nasher director Jeremy Strick welcomed guests — including Christen and Derek Wilson, Laurence Chandler, Lucilo Pena, Anna-Sophia Van Zweden, and Ryan McNamara — to the garden terrace for Wolfgang Puck treats and tunes from DJ Tony Schwa before he sent them off to explore the German artist’s exciting addition to the museum’s hallowed halls.

For her installation at the Nasher — her first exhibition in America — Pousttchi drew on the history of the Nasher Sculpture Center site by transforming one of the upstairs galleries into a closed urban streetscape that recalls the gasoline service stations and parking lots of “Autombile Row” (a.k.a. Ross Avenue) in the mid-20th century. The end result is a “drive-thru” that showcases works from the Nasher collection. Pousttchi’s own sculptures, made from police barricades and other materials, pepper the spaces surrounding the gallery.

“Sightings: Bettina Pousttchi” runs through July 13 at the Nasher Sculpture Center.