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Report from the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History Research Center

Henri Matisse drawing with bamboo pole tipped with charcoal in his studio, Nice, France. Photo by Robert Capa





The Institute has an exciting array of programs for the spring semester. We will welcome an impressive list of guest presenters from important institutions across the country. From the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton, art historian Dr. Yve-Alain Bois will present his latest research on Henri Matisse’s adoption of the bamboo stick to draw his late stations of the cross, hosted by the Nasher Sculpture Center on March 27, 6:00 p.m. Our Visiting Research Professor Dr. Suzanne Preston Blier will give a public lecture on her book project on Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon and his diverse sources of inspiration for the iconic work on April 5, 7:00 p.m. at the Dallas Museum of Art. Dr. Thomas Gaehtgens, Director of the Getty Research Institute, will discuss the impact of Gilded Age American collectors on Europe’s artistic patrimony from the perspective of the great German museum director Wilhelm von Bode on April 10, 7:30 p.m. at the DMA. Our graduate fellows will present their dissertation research throughout the semester, with topics ranging from early modern playbook title pages to new media race humor. The spring will culminate with Intersections: Visual Cultures of Islamic Cosmopolitanism, a collaboration between the O’Donnell Institute; the Islamic Art Revival Series, a program of the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation; and the Agha Khan Council in Dallas. The symposium will be on May 4 – 5 at UT Dallas, the DMA, and Ismaili Jamatkhana Plano.


Our fifth vitrine exhibition, selected by DMA Curator Dr. Anne Bromberg, will be installed in late March. It will display a collection of Asian ceramics that correlate with Dr. Bromberg’s current exhibition, Asian Textiles: Art and Trade Along the Silk Road, which highlights the passage of luxury goods along the Silk Road between Asia, India, and Uzbekistan, among others. Be sure to spend time in the exhibition on Level 3 at the DMA before heading downstairs to see the ceramics on display in our vitrine.


We hope you can join us this spring at our many programs and look forward to the dialogues created by the new scholarship presented. Visit our website at and plan your calendar!


Lauren LaRocca

Coordinator of Special Programs

The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History