Dallas Design Symposium


Presented by the Dallas Architecture Forum

5 November 2017
Sunday, 1:30 to 3:30 pm (Check-In Beginning at 1:00 pm)
Nasher Hall, Nasher Sculpture Center

Jenny MOORE, Director, Chinati Foundation
Joseph THOMPSON, Founding Director, MASS MoCA


Presentations by Ms. Moore and Mr. Thompson; Followed by
Moderated Conversation with Ms. Moore, Mr. Thompson and
Jeremy STRICK, Director, Nasher Sculpture Center

Join the Dallas Architecture Forum for an afternoon focused on how the Chinati Foundation and MASS MoCA, two highly acclaimed centers for contemporary art,  have repurposed abandoned spaces to create innovative and internationally recognized centers for the display of art. These museums have created opportunities for visitors to interact with art – in unusual and unique settings – in dramatic yet intimate ways. The Forum’s 2017 Design Symposium will present Chinati Director Jenny Moore and MASS MoCA Director Joseph Thompson in compelling conversation as they each overview their organizations. They’ll discuss how their sites were repurposed for the display of art, with emphasis on how the size of their venues provide opportunities to present art at a scale and scope not possible in most conventional art museums.  Ms. Moore and Mr. Thompson will discuss highlights of the significant collections on display at their museums. Ms. Moore will also overview the new master plan recently completed for Chinati, while Mr. Thompson will highlight the major MASS MoCA campus expansion that opened this year.



Following the presentations by Ms. Moore and Mr. Thompson, there will be a Panel Discussion with our two speakers moderated by Jeremy Strick, Director of the Nasher Sculpture Center. Attendees will also be able to ask questions of the panelists towards the conclusion of this time. 



There will be a Patron Reception Saturday evening, 4 November from 6 – 8 pm for Sponsors and those purchasing Patron tickets, which will include admission to both the Patron Reception on Saturday evening and the Symposium on Sunday afternoon.  Reception venue address and more information will be provided to Sponsors and those purchasing Patron tickets.



Sponsorships for the Symposium are available for individuals and firms that include admission to the Symposium and Patron reception, as well as outstanding recognition for those Sponsors.  For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact The Forum at nate@dallasarchitectureforum.org 



We anticipate that all spaces for the Design Symposium and Patron Reception will be sold (advance purchase required), so we encourage you to purchase your admission spaces now. 

Admission for the Symposium is $40 for Forum and Nasher members, $55 general public. Admission to both the Symposium and Patron Reception is $90 for Forum and Nasher members, $110 general public.


Purchase Tickets HERE


The Forum’s Design Symposium is presented with collaboration and generous support from the Nasher Sculpture Center.  



Jenny Mooreis Director of the Chinati Foundation, a contemporary art museum founded by the artist Donald Judd in Marfa, Texas. Since her appointment in 2013, Chinati has successfully completed the latest addition to its permanent collection, Robert Irwin’s untitled (dawn to dusk), 2016, a 10,000 square foot building-cum-artwork, and completed the first master plan for Chinati’s complex of 34 buildings on 340 acres, accompanied by a two part symposium. In 2015, she curated the yearlong exhibition Charlotte Posenenske and Peter Roehr. Prior to her appointment at Chinati, Moore was Associate Curator at the New Museum in New York City, where she organized Pictures from the Moon: Artists’ Holograms 1969 2008 (2012) and solo presentations of the work of Charles Atlas, Ellen Altfest, Erika Vogt, Stanya Kahn, and Brian Bress. She also co-organized Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos (2012), NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star (2013) and Chris Burden: Extreme Measures (2013). From 2005 to 2010, Moore was Project Curator for the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. In addition, she was Exhibitions Coordinator and Assistant Curator for 10,000 Lives, the 8th Gwangju Biennial (2010), working with Artistic Director Massimiliano Gioni.

The specific intention of Chinati is to preserve and present to the public permanent large-scale installations by a limited number of artists. The emphasis is on works in which art and the surrounding landscape are inextricably linked. Located on 340 acres of land on the site of former Fort D.A. Russell in Marfa, Texas, construction and installation at the site began in 1979 with initial assistance from the Dia Art Foundation in New York. The Chinati Foundation opened to the public in 1986 as an independent, non-profit, publicly funded institution. Chinati was originally conceived to exhibit the work of Donald Judd, John Chamberlain and Dan Flavin. The collection was expanded and now includes 15 outdoor concrete works by Donald Judd, 100 aluminum works by Judd housed in two converted artillery sheds, 25 sculptures by John Chamberlain, an installation by Dan Flavin occupying six former army barracks, and works by Carl Andre, Ingólfur Arnarsson, Roni Horn, Ilya Kabakov, Richard Long, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, David Rabinowitch, and John Wesley. Each artist’s work is installed in a separate building on the museum’s grounds.


View Chinati Foundation Images HERE




Joseph Thompson is the founding director of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), having guided the museum’s development and arts programming since its inception in 1987.  The arts complex has grown from 200,000 square feet of renovated space to over 550,000 square feet of galleries, stages, workshops, and commercial tenant space, including 130,000 square feet of new space that opened in May 2017.  An integral partner of this expansion has been Bruner / Cott Architects, whose achievement was lauded by Pulitzer-Prize winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger as follows:  “MASS MoCA is the most successful conversion of an industrial building conceived for an entirely different function. [….] What I like best about MASS MoCA is the subtlety of the balance between the old industrial architecture and its new role as a place for the display of contemporary art.”  One of the largest centers in the world for making, showing, and enjoying new art, music, theater, and dance, MASS MoCA is renowned for its daring programs of large-scale exhibitions and performances that capitalize on the museum’s vast 28-building, 16-acre site.  It is also the home of the long-term retrospective of Sol LeWitt wall drawings and a long-term installation of the paintings and sculpture of Anselm Kiefer.  The recently opened Phase III of MASS MoCA’s three-decade re-inhabitation of the site added quasi-permanent exhibitions and changing programs with works of Jenny Holzer, Laurie Anderson, James Turrell, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and Louise Bourgeois Trust.

A graduate of Williams College and the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an Annenberg Fellow, Thompson holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, where he was named a Morgenthau Fellow for his work in public policy and management.  Thompson has written widely on contemporary art, and has organized many exhibitions and performing arts events at MASS MoCA, including the first solo exhibition of the visual art of David Byrne; the Clocktower Project, a permanent sound art installation by Christina Kubisch; Robert Wilson’s 14 Stations; Tim Hawkinson’s Überorgan; Ann Hamilton’s corpus; Cai Guo-Qiang’s Inopportune; and, most recently, Xu Bing: Phoenix.  For his work in the arts and regional economic development, Thompson has been awarded the Commonwealth Award (the highest award granted to private citizens by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) and the Williams College Bicentennial Medal for outstanding achievement by a Williams College alumnus.  Under Thompson’s tenure, MASS MoCA’s visitation has grown from 80,000 in 1999 to over 160,000 in 2016, about twelve times the population of its home city, North Adams, Massachusetts. The arts center is recognized as an important catalyst for regional economic revitalization, supporting over 600 jobs and $32 million per year in economic impact to the region.


View MASS MoCA Images HERE

Jeremy STRICK, Moderator

Jeremy Strick has been the director of the Nasher Sculpture Center since 2009, overseeing collections, exhibitions, and operations at the museum of modern and contemporary sculpture located in the heart of downtown Dallas’ Arts District. As director, Strick has organized ambitious exhibitions of sculpture, launched innovative new programming initiatives and, in 2015, created the Nasher Prize, an international juried award dedicated exclusively to contemporary sculpture. The inaugural Nasher Prize Laureate was Colombian artist Doris Salcedo, and French artist, Pierre Huyghe, received it in 2017.  Mr. Strick has been instrumental in conceiving and implementing major new programming and initiatives for the museum. In celebration of its 10th anniversary in 2013, Mr. Strick organized Nasher XChange, commissioning 10 artists, to create works that were installed in public spaces throughout Dallas. Nasher XChange extended the museum’s core mission beyond its walls and into the surrounding community, presenting key advances in the rapidly expanding field of sculpture in the public realm, and contributing to broader national and international conversations on sculpture in the public sphere.

Mr. Strick introduced contemporary art programs to the Nasher, which under his direction organized major exhibitions of such major figures as Jaume Plensa, Tony Cragg, Ernesto Neto, Katarina Grosse, Thomas Heatherwick, Melvin Edwards, Phyllida Barlow, Giuseppe Penone, and Ann Veronica Janssens.  In 2010, Mr. Strick launched Sightings, a series of small-scale exhibitions and installations that explore new work by established and emerging sculptors. Mr. Strick also created 360: Artists, Critics, Curators, a monthly lecture series featuring art world visionaries engaged in conversations on contemporary issues pertinent to the field of sculpture. In addition, in 2010, Mr. Strick launched the highly acclaimed program Soundings: New Music at the Nasher.

Prior to becoming Director of the Nasher, Mr. Strick served as Director of The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, California for more than nine years. Throughout his tenure, MOCA received international acclaim for its exhibition programs. Further accomplishments included the opening of MOCA Pacific Design Center, a 3,000-square-foot satellite gallery, the significant expansion of the museum’s permanent collection.  Mr. Strick also previously served as a senior curator of the Art Institute of Chicago. He pursued graduate studies in Fine Arts at Harvard and received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California Santa Cruz.

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