The current zeitgeist coupled with the rediscovery of work
by women and artists of color through the ages is reinvigorating the art historical canon.
With women in curatorial positions at every museum in the area, the voices of previously underrepresented artists are finally being heard.
The past year has seen curatorial changes at all of the area’s museums. At the Dallas Contemporary,
the newly appointed Senior Curator, Laurie Ann Farrell, arrived with a broad goal.
“Rather than framing decisions through a specific lens, the Dallas Contemporary aims to be inclusive.
Our curatorial reach strives to unearth new voices, or reframe recognized voices with new stories to tell,” she says.
Over the past year, the Dallas Museum of Art has added or promoted several women in curatorial positions. Nicole R. Myers was recently promoted to The Barbara Thomas Lemmon Senior Curator of European Art.
Myers co-organized the critically acclaimed, international traveling blockbuster, Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist.
In addition, she recently devoted an entire gallery to Women Artists in Europe from the Monarchy to Modernism, culled from the museum’s permanent collection.
The DMA further widened its scope with last summer’s announcement of Heather Ecker as the first Marguerite S. Hoffman and Thomas W. Lentz Curator of Islamic and Medieval Art.
Her re-installation of the Islamic gallery reflects her scholarly interest in the interconnections between these cultures.
The museum opened the season with Cult of the Machine, curated by Sue Canterbury, The Pauline Gill Sullivan Associate Curator of American Art.
The exhibition, focused on American culture from 1910 until World War II, celebrated the early modernists and their faith in a technology-driven future.
And with Anna Katherine Brodbeck’s recent promotion as the Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art,
she made a conscious commitment to acquire and exhibit the work of traditionally underrepresented artists.
Work by several mid-career artists selected through the Dallas Art Fair Foundation Acquisition Fund, overseen by Brodbeck,
is currently featured in the exhibition America Will Be!: Surveying the Contemporary Landscape.
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