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PaperCity Fort Worth March 2021

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Wade Wilson: Highlights of your experience overseeing and presenting "Queen Nefertari's Egypt" (on view at the Kimbell through March 14). Jennifer Casler Price: This exhibition has b e e n t h e m o s t challenging, because it is the first to be presented in COVID-19 times, s o w e h a d t o completely rethink the installation, didactics, and audio tour to allow for social distancing. The most exciting thing is being able to look really closely at the works of art, and then installing them in the cases or on pedestals. It is always a new discovery — like opening presents at Christmas. WW: What do you hope people will discover about this formidable queen and the important roles women held during her time? How does her life relate to women in the 21st century? JCP: Queen Nefertari was not only known for her beauty, she was also literate and could read and write hieroglyphs (unusual for women at that time), and so she aided her husband Pharaoh Ramesses II in his diplomatic correspondence. Beauty and brains! WW: Pivotal moment in your art career. JCP: Being hired to be a curator at the Kimbell [in 1993]. Still here 27 years later! WW: What inspires you when you look at art. J C P : A r t is inspira- t i o n a l . Period. Art is emotion. Art is life. Art is everything. WW: Most mem- orable exhibition. JCP: That's a tough one, because I've seen a lot of exhibitions in my life and always take away something of value, whether it's positive or negative. However, I remember seeing a Helen Frankenthaler exhibition in NYC when I was 6 or 7 years old. I fell in love with her work, and still feel the same. WW: Exhibit you curated that stands out. JCP: Another tough one. One of my favorites was an early exhibition I curated, "The Path to Enlightenment: Masterpieces of Buddhist Sculpture from the Musée Guimet, Paris" [1996]. More recently, "From the Lands of Asia" [2018], and "Balenciaga in Black" [2018-2019]. WW: Thinking outside the museum. Dining destination in Fort Worth. JCP: If my husband [artist Steven Price, a preparator at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art] and I are treating ourselves, we go to Shinjuku Station. We love to sit at the sushi bar, where we can watch the chefs and ask them to fix us anything that's fresh. WW: Movie that touches you. JCP: Harold and Maude, best movie and best movie score (Cat Stevens) ever! WW: Since architecture shapes an urban environment, what single building in Fort Worth, besides the Kimbell, makes your heart beat a little faster. JCP: I love Pioneer Tower in the Will Rogers complex. So clean, simple, elegant, and iconic, and it's a Works Progress Administration (WPA) work, which is really cool. We need a WPA initiative now! WW: Touchstone book. JCP: To Kill a Mockingbird. WW: Wheels. JCP: My first car that I bought with my own money at age 16: a 1974 Camaro 350/2 barrel, metallic rust- colored with a tan interior. I rocked out hard in that car! WW: Signature color. JCP: Hot pink! WW: Weekend ritual. JCP: Laundry, gym, tan (if it's summer). WW: Your personal style, and MUSEUM Jennifer Casler Price, the Kimbell Art Museum's longest-serving curator, reigns over a domain that extends across Asia and Africa as well as the ancient Americas — encompassing millennia and the world's greatest civilizations. Casler Price is the force behind blockbusters as diverse as "Balenciaga in Black," the now-on-view "Queen Nefertari's Egypt," and the upcoming Asian treasures from the Rockefeller Collection that will touch down in Fort Worth come fall. We query this curatorial force on life at one of America's most erudite museums, the exhibitions she'll never forget, her love affair with a muscle car, and where she goes to get away from it all. CONFIDENTIAL BY WADE WILSON. PORTRAIT ROBERT LaPRELLE. (Continued on page 30) PAGE 28: COLLECTION MUSEO EGIZIO, TURIN. PAGE 30: THE MR. AND MRS. JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER 3RD COLLECTION AT ASIA SOCIETY, NYC; COURTESY AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ARTS. 28

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