Dallas Architecture Forum presents Carol Willis: “The Rise of the American Skyscraper”

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Empire State Building Spire
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The Dallas Architecture Forum continues its 2018-2019 lecture season with architecture historian, Carol Willis, who is the Founder and Director of the Skyscraper Museum in New York City. Ms. Willis will discuss architecture featured in the DMA’s new exhibition “Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art.” The exhibition examines American culture from the 1910s to the Second World War and reveals how the American love affair with new technology and mechanization shaped architecture, design, and the visual culture of the United States. This lecture is presented in partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art.

Willis has researched, taught, and written about the history of American city building. She is the author of Form Follows Finance: Skyscrapers and Skylines in New York and Chicago (Princeton Architectural Press), which received an AIA book award. In addition to numerous articles in books and scholarly journals, Ms. Willis has curated more than 20 exhibitions at The Skyscraper Museum and written introductions to numerous monographs and collections, including Skyscraper Rivals, New York Architecture, Manhattan Skyscrapers, and New York Deco. She appears regularly in television documentaries and radio broadcasts, including programs for The History Channel, PBS, A & E and BBC Television, NPR, and BBC World Service Radio. Ms. Willis is an Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies at Columbia University.

Event Details



Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75201


Ticket Info

$5; Free for Forum and DMA members.