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2016 State Fair of Texas: Visual Arts Highlights


Fried food, carnival rides, the animal barns, and Big Tex are the mainstays of the fair experience, but don’t forget the arts! The 2016 State Fair of Texas opened on Friday, September 30 and extends through October 23. For more information see the website: http://www.bigtex.com

Artwork from the annual Creative Arts contests are on display in the Creative Arts Building. Results are already posted for the Arts: http://bigtex.com/creativearts/caresults/. Check out the prize winners!

statefairsistine-chapelAn unexpected treat in the Women’s Building this year is the exhibit of the murals from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling. The visitor can explore the expertly reproduced artwork up close at a distance impossible to achieve in the Sistine Chapel. http://bigtex.com/?s=michelangelo

The Fall Garden Program is back again and includes an outdoor sculpture exhibit .  Local artists loan the State Fair sculptures so visitors can enjoy and interact with the artwork.  More here:  http://bigtex.com/fun/gardenshow/


Fair Park has a long history of spectacular art and architecture, with monumental sculpture and murals from the Art Deco period. A recent book Fair Park Deco, published by TCU Press, is an in-depth look at the design of the Texas Centennial Exposition.

The Texas Discovery Gardens, located on the Fair Park grounds, hosts regular art exhibits. The current exhibit is Outdoor Places, featuring David Schulze.

The African American Museum of Dallas has a small but rich collection of African masks, folk art, sculptures, gold weights, and textiles. The museum also hosts art exhibits.


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Dallas Architecture Forum Presents Outstanding Artist/Architect Marc Fornes March 29

Marc Fornes.Vaulted Willow Public Art Pavilion.Borden Park.Edmonton, Canada, 2013.Photo Courtesy of Architect

Dallas Architecture Forum                                                                    

Presents Lecture by

Outstanding Architect/Artist Marc Fornes

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 at Magnolia Theatre

Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization for everyone interested in learning about and improving the architecture, design, landscape and urban fabric of the North Texas region is pleased to continue its 2015-16 Lecture Season with award-winning architect Marc Fornes, whose work intersects the fields of architecture and art. He is the founder of THEVERYMANY™, a New York-based studio engaging Art and Architecture through systematic research and development into applied Computer Science and Digital Fabrication. His prototypical structures and unique organic environments are included within the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France, the Centre National des Arts Plastiques in Sache, France, and in many private collections. He has been exhibited at institutions worldwide including the Guggenheim and has sold work at Art Basel Miami/GGG, Art Paris, Phillips de Pury and Sotheby’s.

Fornes will speak on Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Theater in the West Village.

“Marc Fornes is an architect and subject matter expert in computer science who is constantly reinventing the field of Computational Skinning to create large-scale, highly organic and self-supported structures for public outdoor art installations, as well as medium-scaled projects for museum exhibition, retail spaces and personal art collections,” stated Nate Eudaly, Executive Director of the Dallas Architecture Forum. “He was artist-in-residence at the Atelier Calder and his Pop-Up store for Louis Vuitton was awarded an A+ Jury award, as well as the 40th Annual Interior Design Award by the IIDA.  Fornes is a TED Fellow and has been a speaker at many events and institutions including the ArchiLab symposium and MoMA MIND. Together with Francois Roche, he co-created ‘(n)Certainties’, a graduate studio course, at Columbia University, the University of Southern California and Die Angewandte in Vienna. He is currently teaching at Princeton and Harvard Graduate School of Design. With his diverse background in art, architecture, computation, digital fabrication and education, we think Marc Fornes’ presentation will be of great interest to the Dallas community.”

The lecture will occur at 7 p.m. on March 29th, with a complimentary reception beginning at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 per lecture for general admission and $5 for students (with ID). Tickets can be purchased at the door before the lecture. No reservations are needed to attend Forum lectures. Dallas Architecture Forum members receive free admission to all regular Forum lectures as a benefit of membership, and AIA members can earn one hour of CE credit for each lecture. For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, visit www.dallasarchitectureforum.org or call 214-764-2406.

Season Benefactors for the Dallas Architecture Forum’s 2015-2016 Season are Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty and Maharger Development | Reggie Graham.  Spring Series Benefactors are HKS, Impact Outdoor Advertising | Janet Kafka and Associates, Jackson Walker LLP, Scott + Cooner, and Smink, Inc. This is the Forum’s annual Rose Family Lecture presented in honor of Deedie and the late Rusty Rose, and it is presented with underwriting support from the Dallas Center for Architecture Foundation.

Marc Fornes is an architect and subject matter expert in computer science, investigating design through codes and computational protocols. Produced under his label THEVERYMANY™ his extensive body of research – addressing ways to describe complex curvilinear self-supported surfaces into series of flat elements – is constantly reinventing the field of Computational Skinning. As THEVERYMANY™, Marc has designed and built an extensive body of large-scale, highly-organic and self-supported structures situated between the field of art and architecture, including permanent installations in France, Canada and the United States. Some of these have been acquired and are in the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou; the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France; and in many private collections. He has exhibited work at the Guggenheim (Contemplating the Void), Art Basel Miami, and Art Paris.

Fornes is a TED Fellow and has been a speaker at many events and institutions including the ArchiLab symposium and MoMA MIND. He was the recipient of an artist residency at the Atelier Calder, and his studio was awarded the New Practices New York by the AIA as well as the Architectural League Prize. His architectural work for Louis Vuitton is the recipient of the A+ Jury Award in the Pop Up category. Together with Francois Roche, Marc co-started “(n)Certainties” at Columbia University with visiting semesters at the University of Southern California and at Die Angewandte in Vienna. He has taught at the University of Michigan and he is currently teaching at Princeton and with Patrik Schumacher at the Harvard GSD. Fornes curated the European section for the 2008 Architecture Biennale in Beijing. Marc’s collaborations include SOM, Ross Lovegrove and ZAHA HADID Architects.  Marc holds a Masters of Architecture and Urbanism degree from the Design Research Lab of the Architectural Association in London.



Submitted by Sharon Cooper. Email: scooper21@yahoo.com

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