Piano Playa

Usually I don't do brunch outside of Sundays, but today was the exception. Who can turn down free eggs and sausage when Ray Nasher is handing it out? The Nasher Sculpture Center hosted a press preview and breakfast buffet for its new exhibit, On Tour with Renzo Piano. You know him. He designed the Nasher.

With clever abandon, the exhibit hosts eight tables of different projects the Pritzker Prize-winning architect has created, from the Kansai International Airport in Osaka to the breathtaking alien-like pods of the Jean-Marie Tjiabaou Cultural Center in New Caledonia. The Nasher, of all places, breaks away from a stand-offish approach to the exhibit by allowing interaction using videos, photo albums, sketch books and magnifiers for those hard-to-see pictures.

It was, in all, an awfully nice way to start the day. But perhaps the best part was having Nasher at our table talking proudly about the new NorthPark Center. The Renzo exhibit opens May 13 and runs until August 13, so you have a little time to check out what the Nasher looked like from conception. Only in Dallas could something so new be considered a little bit of history. --Rich Lopez

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