WordSpace @ Chalet Dallas

When: Sunday January 31, 2-5 pm
What: WordSpace @ Chalet Dallas
Where: The Nasher Sculpture Center
Admission: Adult: $10, Seniors 65 and over: $7, Military with ID: $7, Student with ID: $5,Children under 12: FREE, Members: FREE
WordSpace is honored to partner with The Nasher Sculpture Center to present literary programming during Piero Golia’s Chalet Dallas.  


pierogolia2Piero Golia is a conceptual artist, architect and myth maker.  For Chalet Dallas, he has collaborated with architect Edwin Chan to completely transformed the Nasher’s Corner Gallery into a luxurious gathering space that integrates architecture, entertainment, and works of art by Pierre Huyghe, Mark Grotjahn, Jeff Wall, and Christopher Williams.

The Naples-born, Los Angeles-based artist Piero Golia has been described as a mastermind of monumental gestures and precise orchestration. In 2013 he opened Chalet Hollywood, arguably the most radical and ambitious representation of this characterization. Working with architect Edwin Chan, Golia transformed a storage area off of Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles into agesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art, integrating architecture, entertainment, and works of art by Pierre Huyghe, Mark Grotjahn, Jeff Wall and Christopher Williams. Golia’s intent was to create a space of rare beauty that would gather visitors from the vast reaches of L.A. to meet in a luxurious environment that encouraged interaction and led to a more developed sense of community. For over a year on select evenings, Golia opened the Chalet to friends and visitors for gatherings that ranged from extravagantly large-scale to quiet and intimate.  Golia designed these evenings with an unpredictable structure, mingling artists and celebrities, as a way to build a mythology around theChalet and encourage meaningful interactions between visitors united by their shared experience in the space. After sixteen months of operation, Chalet Hollywood closed November 3rd, 2014.

With the help of the Nasher Sculpture Center, Golia was able to resurrect the Chalet and bring it to Dallas in an effort to extend his utopian idea of community building through carefully orchestrated social gatherings. Again, Golia worked with Chan to reconfigure the architectural elements of theChalet Hollywood to its new environment in the Nasher Corner Gallery. Reusing nearly all of the original elements from the Hollywood version, Chan has recreated the feeling of Chalet Hollywoodinto a space that is unique to Dallas, transforming the gallery into a warm and convivial environment with modular white oak furnishings, Venetian plaster walls, and textiles designed by Johnson Hartig.

Also from Chalet Hollywood, Golia has included Pierre Huyghe’s aquarium—an ecosystem of crabs and floating rocks; Mark Grotjahn’s painting Untitled (My Beautiful Brother Eric Baboon Face 43.30)of 2011;  Jeff Wall’s photograph A Sapling Supported by a Post of 2000; and Christopher Williams’ piano, handed down from generations at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and rumored to have been played by Joseph Beuys, the father of social action as art, during his tenure as professor there in the 1960s.

Chalet Dallas follows a similar structure to its Hollywood predecessor. On certain evenings, it operates akin to a salon, where a wide range of guests and performers meet to experience whatever entertainment Golia has arranged for the evening. In addition, the Chalet will be accessible during the daytime as a place for museum visitors to gather, view the works of art, and experience the environment. On select Saturdays, public tours will highlight certain aspects of the evening gatherings, providing a sense of Chalet Dallas as not only a physical structure but also a space for myth-making and social engagement.


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