Join CSM’s Director, Joyce Tsai, Ph.D. and the Museum’s architect Brad Cloepfil, as they reflect on the architecture of the Clyfford Still Museum during its tenth anniversary celebration. This conversation will be recorded at the Clyfford Still Museum and released on CSM’s Facebook and YouTube channels at 6 p.m. MST on January 20.
Architect, educator, and principal of Allied Works, Brad Cloepfil creates resonant architecture and creative works that are forged by the defining elements of their mission and site. His approach to design combines an intensive focus on the specific and singular character of each project with an understanding of the transformative possibilities of space, light, material and perception. Cloepfil has received widespread acclaim for his work on creative and cultural projects and for crafting powerful spaces for art and interaction. These works include the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado; the National Music Centre of Canada, in Calgary, Alberta; and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. He has also led the design of private residences, workplaces and spaces for gathering and learning. Cloepfil founded Allied Works in his native Portland, Oregon, in 1994, and opened the New York City office in 2003. The recipient of numerous design awards, Cloepfil has held professorships and lectured widely throughout North America and Europe. He earned his bachelor’s in architecture at the University of Oregon and holds an advanced degree in architectural design from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture.
Joyce Tsai, PhD
Joyce Tsai is director of the Clyfford Still Museum in August 2021 and is an internationally acclaimed curator, scholar, and teacher. She arrived at CSM from the University of Iowa, where she served as Chief Curator of the Stanley Museum of Art and Associate Professor of Practice in the School of Art and Art History. During her tenure at the University of Iowa, she led initiatives that have positioned the museum as a major catalyst for innovative, high impact teaching, research, and outreach. Dr. Tsai is trained as an intellectual historian and art historian — Princeton, AB (History, cum laude); Johns Hopkins University, MA (German), PhD (Art History and Humanities). Tsai’s first book, László Moholy-Nagy: Painting after Photography (UC Press, 2018) garnered critical acclaim for its integrated approach to avant-garde art, practice, and theory and is winner of the Phillips Collection Book Prize. She has published extensively in the field of technical art history with conservators and conservation scientists at the National Gallery of Art, Harvard Art Museums, Guggenheim, and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.