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Robert Irwin, untitled (dawn to dusk), 2016. ©Alex Marks, courtesy of the Chinati Foundation. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Dallas Architecture Forum


Dallas Design Symposium

 Redefining Space for Art | Chinati and MASS MoCA


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Check-in at 1:00 pm, Symposium 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Nasher Hall, Nasher Sculpture Center


Jenny Moore, Director, Chinati Foundation

Joseph Thompson, Founding Director, MASS MoCA

The Chinati Foundation and MASS MoCA are two highly acclaimed centers for contemporary art that 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 Jenny Moore and Joseph Thompson in compelling conversation as they each overview their organizations. They'll discuss how their expansive sites were repurposed for the display of art, with emphasis on how the size of their venues provides 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 just opened this year. The Symposium will conclude with a moderated conversation between Ms. Moore and Mr. Thompson, with time for audience questions.

Patron Cocktail Reception

There will be a Patron cocktail reception on Saturday evening, November 4 from 6 to 8 pm. A limited number of Patron tickets, which also include admission to the Design Symposium on Sunday afternoon, November 5 will be sold.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities are available, including special packages for gallery owners which give promotion/recognition of their gallery from The Forum at the event, and for the next twelve months, as well as admission to the Symposium and Patron Reception.  For more information, contact The Forum at


Symposium presented with generous support from the Nasher Sculpture Center.

MASS MoCA Additional Coverage: New York Times/Architectural Record/Museum Video MASS MoCA in 2 Minutes (Almost)

About Jenny Moore

Jenny Moore is 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.  

About Joseph Thompson

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.  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, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and the Louise Bourgeois Trust.

A graduate of Williams College and the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an Annenberg Fellow, Mr. 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.

About The Dallas Design Symposium:

The Dallas Design Symposium was founded by The Dallas Architecture Forum to extend the reach of The Forum not only in active education and dialogue on architecture and the built environ­ment, but to examine, educate and amplify informed discussion on how those elements intersect and impact the arenas of design and art. The Symposium initiates ongoing con­versations across professional arenas and personal interests, creating new networks and spurring community involvement in discussions about the built and creative environment.  The Nasher Sculpture Center is a long-standing collaborator with The Forum in the development and presentation of The Dallas Design Symposium.

Each Symposium addresses a different issue intersecting these fields of architecture, design and art. Speakers and moderators are selected specifically to offer their unique but complimentary perspectives on the topic. Previous symposia have included the following topics and present­ers:

•              Interior and Product Design: Christopher C. Deam, Howard F. Elkus, Karim Rashid, Emily Summers

•              Designing for Collections: Aaron Betsky, Jorge Pardo, George Sexton, Scott John­son, Jack Lane

•              Blurring the Lines: Art, Architecture and Design: Terence Riley, Johnston Marklee, Walead Beshty, Jeremy Strick

•              The Legacy of Christo and Jeanne Claude:  Christo

•              Architecture and Art - Critical Intersections:  New York Times critic Michael Kimmelman              

•              Modernism:  Mid-Century Modern Design:  Leo Marmol, Sidney Williams, Nate Eudaly

•              Material Design: Tom Kundig, Brad Oldham, Leigh Arnold, Ian Zapata

About the Dallas Architecture Forum

The Dallas Architecture Forum is a not-for-profit civic organization that brings leading architectural thought leaders from around the world to speak in Dallas and also fosters important local dialogue about the major issues impacting our urban environment.  The Forum was founded in 1996 by some of Dallas’ leading architects, business, cultural and civic leaders, and it continues to benefit from active support and guidance from these citizens. The Forum fulfills its mission of providing a continuing and challenging public discourse on architecture and urban design in - and for - the Dallas area. The Dallas Architecture Forum's members include architects, design professionals, students and educators, and a broad range of civic-minded individuals and companies intent to improve the urban environment in North Texas.  The Forum has been recognized nationally with an AIA Collaboration Achievement Award for its strategic partnerships with other organizations focused on architecture, urban planning and the arts.  For more information on the Forum, visit

Among the over 230 speakers who have addressed the Forum’s Lecture Series  are Shigeru Ban,  Brad Cloepfil,  Diller + Scofidio, Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves,  Daniel Libeskind,  Thomas Phifer,  Rafael Vinoly, Juhani Pallasmaa, AIA Gold Medal Winner Peter Bohlin, and  regional architects David Lake and Ted Flato.  Pritzker Prize winners speaking to the Forum have been Kazuyo Sejima, Rafael Moneo, Thom Mayne, Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster (the latter two in collaboration with the ATT Performing Arts Center).   Other speakers for the Forum have been leading designers Calvin Tsao, Andrée Putman, and Karim Rashid; landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh; and National Trust President Emeritus Richard Moe.  Important critics, authors and patrons who have spoken to the Forum include Emily Pulitzer, Terence Riley, Pulitzer Prize winners Robert Campbell and Blair Kamin, Aaron Betsky, and the late David Dillon.

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