Gallery Night: Speechless at the DMA

What is it like to touch sound, hear place, picture thought, and shape space? Join us at the DMA to answer these questions as we explore a new exhibition that dares to be different!

“speechless: different by design” features cutting-edge, interactive installations by six designers and design teams that offer unconventional, multisensory, and immersive experiences for visitors of all backgrounds and abilities by merging scientific research with innovative design. Each work tells a story about how we can discover the world around us beyond speech and words.

The evening starts in the Hamon Atrium at 6PM for happy hour, where food and beverages will be available for purchase at the DMA Cafe until 8PM. Guided tours of the exhibit begin promptly at 6:30PM, and will be followed by a presentation from DMA staff involved with the exhibition exclusive for those who reserved a ticket.

Note on Parking: You can park in the DMA garage for free if you purchased a ticket. Let the attendant know you're with AIGA and they'll let you in.

Sarah Schleuning, The Margot B. Perot Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Interim Chief Curator

Sarah will share her inspiration and vision for the project. She will discuss the long path of research and iteration that lead to the exhibition. She created a dialogue between scientists, scholars and the designers commissioned to create unique works. She will also speak on the multisensory, interactive and immersive experiences for visitors of all backgrounds and abilities.

Skye Malish-Olson, Exhibition Designer

Skye will discuss her process on working with Sarah, designing spaces to contain each of these individual installations within a larger framework of the exhibition. Each installation is unique and technically complex. The DMA did construction on 10,000 square feet of space in their Chilton Galleries. The exhibition design process focused on functionality of each space to accommodate the vision of each designer, while creating an overall experience that remained true to the holistic vision of the exhibition.

Jaclyn Le, Senior Graphic Designer

Jaclyn will talk on her extensive work creating graphics and visual interpretation in the space, that adds another layer to the exhibition design. The 2D and 3D design of this project were very much intertwined. She created unique experiential graphics, with the challenge of creating wayfinding and gallery interpretation with minimal or no text. She also worked closely with Laurie Haycock Makela, who designed the graphic identity and publication.

Emily Wiskera, Manager for Access Programs

Emily Wiskera provided valuable expertise and insight on accessibility throughout the entire process. She will speak to accessibility that goes beyond ADA requirements, through the in-gallery experience as well as through our DMA programs. For this exhibition, and moving forward for the museum overall, it has been critical to make strides towards being as inclusive as possible, especially in a space dedicated to exploring multisensory experiences.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get a personalized tour and presentation of this new exhibition through AIGA DFW!


6:00-6:30PM - Happy Hour

6:30-7:30PM - Guided Tours

7:30-8:30PM - Presentation

Your registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio and video recording taken of you at the event for promotional and educational purposes in connection with AIGA, corresponding publications, archives, and online. Ticket rates are based on AIGA membership status at the time of registration. AIGA Memberships are non-transferable.

When & Where
Thu, Nov 21, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CST
Dallas Museum Of Art
1717 North Harwood Street
Dallas, TX 75201