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Nasher Sculpture Center Announces 2011 NasherSALON Speaker Series

Season Kicks Off on January 13 with Author and Poet Maya Angelou.

The Nasher Sculpture Center is pleased to announce the 2011 line-up for the NasherSALON Speaker Series, which welcomes today’s cultural icons and legends for one of Dallas’ most acclaimed and intimate discussion programs.

The series kicks off on Thursday, January 13 with author and poet Maya Angelou, and will be followed by Salons with director Spike Lee on Tuesday, February 15, actor Kevin Bacon on Thursday, September 8 and Broadway star Bernadette Peterson Thursday, October 13. Tickets to the Maya Angelou Salon are available to the public beginning on Sunday, December 5 at 8 am at or 888.695.0888.

“The NasherSALON brings to Dallas some of the most exceptional and influential cultural figures of our time, and this year’s program is no exception. Each of these speakers has made remarkable contributions to their respective fields, and to contemporary culture” said Jeremy Strick, Director, Nasher Sculpture Center.

The NasherSALON takes place at 8 pm in the intimate, 200-seat Nasher Hall auditorium. The speaker presentations are moderated by esteemed journalists and/or cultural experts, and include question and answer sessions from the audience. Tickets are $65 for adults ($50 for Members) per lecture and include the price of admission to the Nasher Sculpture Center. The Nasher Cafe offers a special wine tasting menu at 6 pm for $55 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are required at 214.242.5144.

In addition to the evening Salons, the Nasher partners with Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts for student-led Salons at 3 pm with Kevin Baconon Thursday, September 8and Broadway starBernadette Peterson Thursday, October 13. A limited number of afternoon Salon tickets are available to the public after the evening Salons sell out. Tickets are $30 per person ($25 for Members).

The NasherSALON Speaker Series features cultural icons for intimate and enlightening conversations. Past speakers have included author John Updike; choreographer Twyla Tharp; singer and songwriter Art Garfunkel; composer Philip Glass; architect Thom Mayne; actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover; screenplay authors Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana; actress and model Lauren Bacall; actor Robert Duvall; singer Gladys Knight; and chef Wolfgang Puck.

About Dr. Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary black literature and as a remarkable Renaissance woman. A mesmerizing vision of grace, swaying and stirring when she moves; Dr. Angelou captivates her audiences lyrically with vigor, fire and perception. She has the unique ability to shatter the opaque prisms of race and class between reader and subject throughout her books of poetry and her autobiographies.

Dr. Angelou, born Marguerite Johnson on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis was raised in segregated rural Arkansas. She is a poet, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director. She lectures throughout the U.S. and abroad and is a lifetime Reynolds professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina since 1981. She has authored twelve best selling books and numerous magazine articles earning her Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominations. In 1993, Angelou became the second poet in US History to have the honor of writing and reciting original work at the Presidential Inauguration. On the Pulse of Morning, at Bill Clinton’s presidential inauguration, was an occasion that gave her wide recognition for which she was awarded a Grammy award (best spoken word).

Dr. Angelou, who speaks French, Spanish, Italian and West African Fanti, began her career in drama and dance. She married a South African freedom fighter and lived in Cairo where she was editor of The Arab Observer, the only English-language news weekly in the Middle East. In Ghana, she was feature editor of The African Review and taught at the University of Ghana.

Dr. Angelou, poet, was among the first African-American women to hit the bestsellers lists with
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, a chronicle of her life up to age sixteen (and ending with the birth of her son, Guy), which was published in 1970 with great critical and commercial success.

In the sixties, at the request of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Angelou became the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and in 1975 she received the Ladies Home Journal Woman of the Year Award in communications. She received numerous honorary degrees and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the National Commission on the Observance of International Woman’s Year and by President Ford to the American Revolutionary Bicentennial Advisory Council. She is on the board of the American Film Institute and is one of the few female members of the Director’s Guild.

In the film industry, through her work in script writing and directing, Dr. Angelou has been a groundbreaker for black women. In television, she has made hundreds of appearances. Her best-selling autobiographical account of her youth, I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings, won critical acclaim in 1970 and was a two-hour TV special on CBS. She has written and produced several prize-winning documentaries, including Afro-Americans in the Arts, a PBS special for which she received the Golden Eagle Award. She was also nominated for an Emmy Award for her acting in Roots, and her screenplay Georgia, Georgia, which was the first by a black woman to be filmed. In theatre, she produced, directed and starred in Cabaret for Freedom in collaboration with Godfrey Cambridge at New York’s Village Gate; starred in Genet’s The Blacks at St Mark’s Playhouse; and adapted Sophocles Ajax, which premiered in Los Angeles in 1974.

About the Nasher Sculpture Center

Open since October 2003, the Nasher Sculpture Center is dedicated to the display and study of modern and contemporary sculpture. The Center is located on a 2.4-acre site in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. Renzo Piano, a world-renowned architect and winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 1998, is the architect of the Center’s 55,000-square-foot building. Piano worked in collaboration with landscape architect Peter Walker on the design of the two-acre sculpture garden.

The Nasher Sculpture Center was the longtime dream of the late Raymond and Patsy Nasher, who together formed one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculpture in the world. The Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection includes masterpieces by Calder, de Kooning, di Suvero, Giacometti, Hepworth, Kelly, Matisse, Miró, Moore, Picasso, Rodin, and Serra, among others, and continues to grow and evolve.

The Nasher Sculpture Center presents rotating exhibitions of works from the Nasher Collection as well as special exhibitions drawn from other museums and private collections. In addition to indoor gallery space, the Center contains an auditorium, education and research facilities, a cafe, and a store.

The Nasher Sculpture Center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. General Admission to the Center is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students, and free for members and children 12 and under. For more information, visit

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