2013 Venues

The Dallas Arts District

Thursday, June 6 - Saturday, June 8 - Conference Central

Flora Street | Dallas, TX 75201

 

The cornerstone and catalyst for creative vitality in the region, the Arts District is home to the city’s leading visual and performing arts institutions, whose range and depth make Dallas a destination for the arts that is unique in our country. The Dallas Arts District is the largest arts district in the nation, spanning 68 acres and 19 contiguous blocks.

 

This year's Conference will be held at multiple venues throughout The Dallas Arts District. Scroll down for a complete list of venues to familiarize yourself with the Conference ahead of time. For a map of The Dallas Arts District click here.

 

While Conference programming will take place at the venues below, TCG has reserved a block of hotel rooms for Conference attendees at a discounted rate at the Sheraton Downtown Dallas Hotel.


Dallas City Performance Hall

Thursday, June 6 - Saturday, June 8 - Registration, TCG Lounge & Vendor Fair

 

The City Performance Hall is a multi-disciplinary center that brings to the Dallas Arts District a broad range of cultural performances and events by a growing group of small and midsize cultural organizations that represent all artistic disciplines and the diverse heritages of our community. The City Performance Hall is designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. The facility is a unique and delightful “village for the arts” for the many performing arts groups that will use the complex. The facility is made up of linear pavilions, capped by varying ribbon-like roof forms. Each of the different spaces is clearly articulated, making the complex easy to navigate and utilize. The building’s forms are a direct expression of the volumes required for the 750-seat multi-purpose hall; the two 200-seat flexible theaters; art gallery; café; two classrooms / rehearsal spaces; along with the supporting spaces necessary to operate a performing arts facility. A series of courtyards accent the complex, providing special event areas for visitors and performers. An arcade runs thru the facility, linking Ross to Flora Street.


Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

Thursday, June 6 - Saturday, June 8 - Programming

 

The 1980s ended on a cultural high note in Dallas with the opening of the Meyerson Symphony Center, home of the 109-year-old Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Pritzker Prize-winning I.M. Pei’s project provided the Arts District with the critical mass and architectural distinction it needed to be recognized as a viable entity. The epic confrontation between architect Pei and famed acoustician Russell Johnson produced both a distinguished building and a hall with extraordinary acoustics. Today, the Meyerson ranks among the world’s great concert halls. By exploiting the Late Baroque as a general stylistic source, Pei achieved a space of Piranesian grandeur: mysterious, sensual and infinite. By contrast, the 2,062-seat Eugene McDermott Concert Hall is a warm and richly detailed room notable for its acoustical gymnastic devices, including the suspended movable canopy over the stage and ceiling-level reverberation chambers.


Nasher Sculpture Center

Thursday, June 6 - Opening Reception

 

When it opened to international acclaim in October 2003, the Nasher Sculpture Center was hailed by one critic as “the most radically open art museum in history,” and the most important building for sculpture since the Glyptothek in Munich, completed in 1815 by the great German architect Leo von Klenze. Raymond D. Nasher, developer of Dallas’ famed NorthPark shopping mall, built this $70 million sculpture garden to showcase the foremost private collection of 20th century sculpture in the world. The project was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, winner of the 1998 Pritzker Prize for Architecture, along with the American landscape architect Peter Walker. Visitors enter the garden through a series of five slender sun-shaded pavilions housing galleries for the smaller pieces in the collection, as well as a bookstore, café, auditorium and offices. The pavilion roofs are shallow curved-glass vaults, supported by a meticulously detailed stainless steel structure. Above these wall-to-wall skylights reside cast aluminum sunscreens that permit the highest level of ambient northern light into the galleries. Approximately 30 large-scale works by such artists as Miro, di Suvero, Picasso, Calder, Serra, Rodin, Lichtenstein, and Moore are on display at any one time.


Winspear Opera House

Thursday, June 6 - Saturday, June 8 - Programming

 

The striking design by Foster + Partners (Sir Norman Foster and Spencer de Grey) features a lozenge-shaped performance hall and glass-clad lobby suspended within a monumental shade canopy that covers most of the site. The 2,200-seat auditorium is an interpretation of the classic horseshoe configuration found in many of the world’s great opera halls, including La Scala and Covent Garden. The interior of the hall is arranged in ascending tiers and has been engineered with flexible acoustics and stage configurations to accommodate performances of the Dallas Opera and the Texas Ballet, as well as Broadway shows. The building’s lobby is encased within an expansive, 60-foot-high wall of glass, creating a transparency between the opera hall and the surrounding Sammons Park and providing patrons with sweeping views of the downtown skyline. Overhead, the canopy’s fixed metal louvers provide optimal shade for the glass façade and the exterior spaces throughout the day, taming the harsh Texas sun to create a microclimate around the building. The Winspear is an epic building – one that not only has a grand physical presence, enhanced by the 1,400 deep-red glass panels that encapsulate the Margaret McDermott Performance Hall, but also one that creates a civic space that is accessible and inviting.


Wyly Theatre

Thursday, June 6 - Saturday, June 8 - Programming

 

In contrast to the predominant sprawl of the various arts venues in the district stands the shimmering, 12-story Wyly Theatre, a radically conceived reinvention of the traditional theater house by its designers, Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramos. Home to the Dallas Theater Center, the Wyly Theatre is one of the most innovative new theater buildings in the world. It eschews the traditional arrangement of a theater’s support spaces wrapped around the stage house and, instead, organizes them vertically into a stacked design, tightly packed within the building’s roughly square footprint. Drastic flexibility is achieved through the facility’s advanced, mechanized “superfly” system, which allows both scenery and suspended seating balconies to be ”flown,” or lifted out of sight to create proscenium stage, thrust stage and flat-floor configurations. At ground level, the exterior curtain walls of the 600-seat Potter-Rose Performance Hall are of acoustic-grade transparent glass with integral shade and vision controls. The upper floors of the Wyly Theatre are clad in a combination of six different aluminum tube extrusions, which has the effect of wrapping the building in a giant metal stage curtain.

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