A Wunderful Preview Party

Art lovers get down in the dirt for Wunderblock opening at the Nasher

Art lovers get down in the dirt for Wunderblock opening at the Nasher

Jeremy Strick, Katharina Grosse, Nasher, Wunderblock
Jeremy Strick, Katharina Grosse Photo by Kristina Bowman
Lucy Wrubel, Steve Wrubel, Nasher, Wunderblock
Lucy Wrubel, Steve Wrubel Photo by Kristina Bowman
Jackie Stewart, Cindy Schwartz, Wunderblock, Nasher
Jackie Stewart, Cindy Schwartz Photo by Kristina Bowman
Jeremy Strick, Allen Questrom, Kelli Questrom, Peter Doroshenko, Wunderblock, Nasher
Jeremy Strick, Allen Questrom, Kelli Questrom, Peter Doroshenko Photo by Kristina Bowman
Lauren Wright, Evan Black, Wunderblock, Nasher
Lauren Wright, Evan Black Photo by Kristina Bowman
Ray Armstrong, Bill Griffith, Wunderblock, Nasher
Ray Armstrong, Bill Griffith Photo by Kristina Bowman
Robyn Siegel, Michael Siegel, Wunderblock, Nasher
Robyn Siegel, Michael Siegel Photo by Kristina Bowman
Cremmen Peters, Mary Jalonick, Melinda Guravich, Dayton Mast, Wunderblock, Nasher
Cremmen Peters, Mary Jalonick, Melinda Guravich, Dayton Mast Photo by Kristina Bowman
Harry Robinson Jr., Sharon Beechum, Nasher, Wunderblock
Harry Robinson Jr., Sharon Beechum Photo by Kristina Bowman
Jennifer McLaughlin, Ryan McLaughlin, Wunderblock, Nasher
Jennifer McLaughlin, Ryan McLaughlin Photo by Kristina Bowman
Hans Grosse, Barbara Lobeck, Katharina Grosse, Eb Lobeck, Helena Terblanche, Stephan Terblanche, Wunderblock, Nasher
Hans Grosse, Barbara Lobeck, Katharina Grosse, Eb Lobeck, Helena Terblanche, Stephan Terblanche Photo by Kristina Bowman
Maria Bourland, King Bourland, Nasher, Wunderblock
Maria Bourland, King Bourland Photo by Kristina Bowman
Nancy Evans, Mike Gill, Wunderblock, Nasher
Mike Gill, Nancy Evans Photo by Kristina Bowman
Jeremy Strick, Katharina Grosse, Nasher, Wunderblock
Lucy Wrubel, Steve Wrubel, Nasher, Wunderblock
Jackie Stewart, Cindy Schwartz, Wunderblock, Nasher
Jeremy Strick, Allen Questrom, Kelli Questrom, Peter Doroshenko, Wunderblock, Nasher
Lauren Wright, Evan Black, Wunderblock, Nasher
Ray Armstrong, Bill Griffith, Wunderblock, Nasher
Robyn Siegel, Michael Siegel, Wunderblock, Nasher
Cremmen Peters, Mary Jalonick, Melinda Guravich, Dayton Mast, Wunderblock, Nasher
Harry Robinson Jr., Sharon Beechum, Nasher, Wunderblock
Jennifer McLaughlin, Ryan McLaughlin, Wunderblock, Nasher
Hans Grosse, Barbara Lobeck, Katharina Grosse, Eb Lobeck, Helena Terblanche, Stephan Terblanche, Wunderblock, Nasher
Maria Bourland, King Bourland, Nasher, Wunderblock
Nancy Evans, Mike Gill, Wunderblock, Nasher

It's not often we get to walk on the art in a museum — and enjoy it without getting in trouble. So a celebration was in order when the Nasher Sculpture Center unveiled Katharina Grosse's interactive installation in the downstairs gallery, the centerpiece of her "Wunderblock" exhibition.

Guests sipped on champagne and dined on German fare — a nod to the artist's roots. But the real party happened downstairs, where art enthusiasts — Lucy and Steve WrubelKatie Bracht, Neal JohnstonChela Moros, and Jessica Heckman — got down in Grosse's rainbow-hued dirt and explored the work commissioned by the Nasher.

Named for one of Grosse's childhood toys, Wunderblock is a "little template you can draw on and erase and draw on again," the artist told reporter Kendall Morgan. "You can make anything in your life a wunderthing — a wunderchair, wundercar. It's a little bit like a magic stick. It's not a sculpture, its not a painting, it's something else."

On the scene this wunderful evening: Nasher director Jeremy Strick, Kelli and Allen Questrom, Peter Doroshenko, Lauren Wright, Judy Cunningham, Pamela Luther, Harry Robinson Jr., Sharon Beechum, and Jennie and Robert Merrill