The Forum and the DMA Present Designing an Exhibition –

The Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design, and the urban environment, is presenting a special Lecture in partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art – Designing An Exhibition: Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity, on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at 7 p.m. in the Horchow Auditorium of the DMA. Tickets should be obtained in advance (Admission is FREE for DMA and Forum members, $5.00 for non-members) by going to the DMA website OR clicking  HERE    

Join The Dallas Architecture Forum and the Dallas Museum of Art as they present Jaffer Kolb, Founder of design firm New Affiliates and design collaborator on Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity. Mr. Kolb will highlight the ways in which he contributed to the exhibition, which was designed by Diller Scofidio and Renfro architects. He will focus on how Cartier was influenced by Islamic architecture and art in designing the jewelry in the exhibit. Following his presentation, Mr. Kolb will join Sarah Schleuning, curator of the Cartier exhibition and Margot B. Perot Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the DMA for a brief conversation moderated by Kate Aoki, AIA, and Head of Exhibition Design at the DMA. 

Jaffer KOLB

Jaffer Kolb is Co-Founder of New Affiliates (N/A), an award-winning New York City-based studio. Prior to founding N/A, Jaffer Kolb worked as a designer in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles for a range of international studios. He currently teaches at both Yale’s School of Architecture and Columbia’s GSAPP. He worked on the 13th Venice Architecture Biennial under David Chipperfield and was the US editor for Architectural Review. Kolb holds a Master of Architecture from Princeton University, a Master of Urban Planning from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from Wesleyan University.

In 2018 N/A studio was named “Next Progressives” by Architect Magazine and was featured in the Architects Newspaper Interior’s Top 50 list in 2018 and 2019. In Spring 2020, N/A was awarded the League Prize by the Architectural League of New York and the New Practices Award by the American Institute of Architects. Kolb worked with Diller Scofidio & Renfro in their design concepts for the Cartier exhibition. 


Sarah Schleuning is the Margot B. Perot Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Dallas Museum of Art. Ms. Schleuning is responsible for the DMA’s Decorative Arts and Design collection, internationally recognized as one of the foremost decorative arts collections in the United States. With more than 8,000 works of art spanning a chronological range of six centuries, from the 15th century to the present, the collection includes a broad range of media such as furniture, textiles, glassware, ceramics, metalware, and silver. In her role, Schleuning also oversees decorative arts and design exhibition planning, development, and scholarship and future acquisition efforts.

Serving as an expert in her field for more than two decades, Schleuning has had a notable career that includes numerous much-admired and extremely well attended exhibitions and insightful contributions to noted publications. Before coming to the DMA, she oversaw the collection of decorative arts and design at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, where she spearheaded major special exhibitions. Ms. Schleuning is Co-Curator of the Cartier and Islamic Art exhibition at the DMA.


Kate Aoki, AIA, is an architect and the Head of Exhibition Design at the Dallas Museum of Art. With a BFA in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Architecture degree from UTA CAPPA. Kate is fortunate to practice in a profession that satisfies both her passion for fine art and the design of space. She spent more than a decade at GFF, Morrison Dilworth + Walls, and most recently at DSGN Associates, where she worked on a variety of projects that addressed important community needs.

As Head of Exhibition Design at the DMA, Kate designs intimate and expressive spaces in ways that engage visitors while inviting them to learn more about the art they experience and the communities in which they thrive. Kate has dedicated much of her time to participating on art and architectural committees, as well as studio and design award juries. As adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture, she taught second-year design fundamentals. Kate is the President-Elect of AIA-Dallas. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for The Dallas Architecture Forum, and Chair of The Forum’s Design Society.

Dates &amp Times
  • Thursday, August 4, 2022 @ 7:00 pm    

    2022-08-04 19:00:00
    2022-08-04 22:00:00
    The Forum and the DMA Present Designing an Exhibition – Cartier and Islamic Art
    Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood Street, Dallas, TX, 75201