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The Art Guys do Dallas: H-Town mavericks mess with Nasher Center, Cowboys cheerleaders

The Art Guys do Dallas: H-Town mavericks mess with Nasher Center, Cowboys cheerleaders

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Bronze busts from the Forever Yours piece — a project in which the Art Guys sell their ashes for a million dollars. Courtesy of The Art Guys
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Art guys Jack Massing and Michael Galbreth pose with the live oak they married in 2009. Photo by Everett Taasevigen
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The Art Guys, Statue of Four Lies, 2010, University of Houston Photo by Steven Thomson
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The Art Guys, Lie in State: A Lunchtime Concert, 2008; one-hour event at Houston City Hall. Courtesy of The Art Guys
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With their controversial tree marriage behind them and a 30th anniversary looming on the horizon next year, the Art Guys are taking a moment to reflect on their decades-long role as the "Smothers Brothers of the art world" with an afternoon lecture at Dallas' Nasher Sculpture Center Saturday.

Always up for a quick chat with the notorious duo, CultureMap spoke with Houston Art Guys Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing about the talk, which is called Enlightened Reflections in Broad Daylight. (The artists claim the title has nothing to do with the Nasher's recent sunlight issues caused by a nearby glass building . . . but we don't entirely believe them.)

"In the end, it's really just a talk that generally reflects our oeuvre," Galbreth said. "Although, I should probably note that pony rides always help a lecture."

"For events like this, we usually focus on the work and sweep of the Art Guys," a deadpan Massing explained. "I don't know, though. There's might be less history this time."

"There's a chance the Dallas Cowboys cheerleading team might show up," Galbreth added wryly. "You need to add a little excitement to all the artistic and intellectual rigor. Plus, it makes us feel better about our work when there are people cheering.

"Even our bad work seems a little better."

Massing said most of the past lectures have involved "added attractions" of some sort. "We've had magicians and dancers and beer. Once we rented guitars." 

"In the end, it's really just a talk that generally reflects our oeuvre," Galbreth said. "Although, I should probably note that pony rides always help a lecture. Much of the art world hasn't caught onto that yet."

Aside from a brief mention that they'd discuss recent pieces like The Statue of Four Lies, Lie in State and ​Forever Yours — a project in which the artists attempt to sell their ashes for a million dollars — the Art Guys largely kept their full plans for Dallas a secret.

Enlightened Reflections in Broad Daylight is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Nasher Sculpture Center in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. The event is free with museum admission. Complimentary wine will be served.