Ernesto Neto has great timing.
The Brazilian sculptor’s exhibition Cuddle on the Tightrope, with its weblike crocheted nets, has arrived at the Nasher Sculpture Center amid the city’s latest scandal du jour: the fracas between the museum and the neighboring Museum Tower. (The latter building’s glass facade is reflecting too much sun on the Nasher and its artwork.)
So it’s a good thing Neto’s work is transformative in scope. One step into its centerpiece installation, Kink, and virtually any worry is left behind.
The rainbow-hued, metal-framed rope work spans the length of a gallery, and it practically begs for patrons to step inside and walk atop its pillowy footpath. Quite simply, “don’t touch the art” does not apply at this exhibition.
Only five people are allowed inside the sculpture at one time, thus creating an intimate experience within the space. And since there are gaps between the interwoven ropes, viewers are able to relate to the gallery’s permanent collection in a new way too.
On view at the same time as another, perhaps more popular, installation show across town (glass artist Dale Chihuly’s exhibition at the Dallas Arboretum), Neto’s show should not be overlooked; it ends its run here on September 9.
If you haven’t seen it, it’s about time you did.
“Cuddle on the Tightrope,” Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St.; nashersculpturecenter.org