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Dallas Museum of Art News and Exhibitions

(Left) Dr. Michelle Rich (Right) Dr. Heather Ecker

DMA Welcomes Two New Curators

The Dallas Museum of Art created a new endowed curatorial position in Islamic and Medieval Art, appointing Dr. Heather Ecker as the museum’s first Marguerite S. Hoffman and Thomas W. Lentz Curator of Islamic and Medieval Art. Ecker brings nearly two decades of diverse curatorial, teaching, and institutional experiences to the role. Ecker trained in objects conservation at the Institute of Archaeology, University of London, and held conservation internships and fellowships at leading institutions, including the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, London. Ecker’s extensive knowledge of conservation practices and oversight will be integral to her new role at the DMA.

Also over the summer, The Dallas Museum of Art named Dr. Michelle Rich as The Ellen and Harry S. Parker III Assistant Curator of the Arts of the Americas. Dr. Rich joins the DMA after the completion of two prestigious Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowships at national museums: first at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and currently at the San Antonio Museum of Art.


Derick Baegert, The Descent from the Cross, c. 1480-90, oil on oak panel, Dallas Museum of Art, Marguerite and Robert Hoffman Fund in memory of Dr. William B. Jordan.

Dallas Museum of Art acquires Derick Baegert panel, a first for a US museum

The Dallas Museum of Art has acquired The Descent from the Cross by the German master painter Derick Baegert (c. 1440–c. 1509). Painted around 1480–1490, the monumentally scaled panel is an exceptional example of Baegert’s distinctive style, which reflects the transitional period between medieval and Renaissance painting. As the inaugural acquisition of the Marguerite and Robert Hoffman Fund for pre-1700 European Art, this masterpiece of Northern European painting is the first work of its kind to enter the DMA’s holdings and is the first work by this artist to enter a US museum. Established in 2013, the Marguerite and Robert Hoffman Fund was conceived to expand and enhance the Museum’s collection of European art, primarily of the Renaissance and Baroque eras, through the establishment of a $17 million endowment. “This remarkable and rare painting by Baegert will be a cornerstone of the Old Master European holdings at the DMA,” said Agustín Arteaga, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director. “With this extraordinary acquisition, the Museum can now illustrate the development of art history from the Gothic period to the Renaissance through the DMA’s permanent collection. We are deeply grateful to Marguerite Hoffman for the remarkable gift she bestowed on the Museum in her name and that of her late husband, Robert, with the endowment of the fund, which has made possible this truly transformative addition to the Museum’s permanent collection.”


An Enduring Legacy: The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Collection of Impressionist and Modern Art

June 14, 2018 to February 17, 2019 | Barrel Vault

Exclusively at the DMA

“Extraordinary….Bequest to the DMA of masterpiece artworks is transformative.” – Dallas Morning News

An Enduring Legacy: The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Collection of Impressionist and Modern Art is dedicated to the single largest benefactors in the Museum’s history, the late Margaret and Eugene McDermott, visionary patrons of the arts, education, and healthcare in Dallas. On view beginning June 14, An Enduring Legacy will present their magnificent final bequest of 32 19th- and early 20th-century artworks to The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund to benefit the DMA. Among the masterworks featured in the exhibition are paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Henry Moore, among many others.


Gerald Murphy, Watch, 1925, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of the artists, 1963.75.FA, © Estate of Honoria Murphy Donnelly, Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Traveling Survey of Precisionism, Early 20th-Century American Culture’s Love AffairWith Technology in the Machine Age

The Dallas Museum of Art presents the first large-scale traveling exhibition in over 20 years to look at early 20th-century American culture’s love affair with technology and mechanization that influenced architecture, design, and the visual arts. Hailed as “illuminating” upon its opening at The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art “captures that other era when Americans were obsessed with new technology.” The DMA is pleased to be the only other venue to present this well-received and revealing exhibition that includes 14 superb examples of Precisionist painting, photography, and silver work from its permanent collection by such well-known masters as Charles Sheeler, Charles Demuth, Gerald Murphy, Paul Strand, Walter Dorwin Teague, and William Waldo Dodge, Jr.




Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist 

February 24, 2019 to May 26, 2019 | Chilton II Gallery

DMA co-organized & curated

“Once overlooked, Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot is about to be Everywhere –A new traveling exhibition will underscore Morisot’s crucial role in the development of Impressionism.” – Artnet

Co-organized by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia), the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, this international exhibition is dedicated to one of the founding members of the French Impressionist movement, Berthe Morisot (1841–95). Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist will focus on the artist’s treatment of the modern figure through approximately 60 paintings from public and private collections around the world. A timely reevaluation of Morisot’s legacy, this exhibition will be the first dedicated presentation of her work to be held in the United States since 1987, the very first solo exhibition of her work to be mounted in Canada, and the first time since 1941 that a French national museum will devote a show exclusively to this seminal and revolutionary Impressionist painter.


Runo Lagomarsino, West Is Everywhere you Look, 2016, 9 maps, motors, cables and wires, Courtesy the artist and Francesca Minini, Milano

Concentrations 61: Runo Lagomarsino, Entremundos

The Dallas Museum of Art presents Concentrations 61: Runo Lagomarsino, Entremundos, the first US solo museum exhibition for the conceptual artist. The exhibition, which is on view September 30, 2018, through April 14, 2019, explores the unstable nature of national identities and mythologies through the transformation of everyday objects and phrases into historically referential works of art. With these deceptively simple transformations, Lagomarsino points to the volatile relationship between power and geography. Concentrations 61 spans two galleries and features new commissions and previous works specifically reconfigured for the DMA.




On View at the DMA

Word and Image: Works on Paper from the 15th Through 20th Centuries

Through October 21, 2018

Günther Förg: A Fragile Beauty

Opens October 21, 2018

Women + Design: New Works

Opens October 28, 2018

Ida O’Keeffe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow

Opens November 18, 2018

Hopi Visions: Journey of the Human Spirit

Through December 2, 2018

Asian Textiles: Art and Trade Along the Silk Road

Through December 9, 2018

Women Artists in Europe from the Monarchy to Modernism

Opens December 22, 2018

Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art

Through January 6, 2019

Concentrations 61: Runo Lagomarsino, EntreMundos

Through February 16, 2019

An Enduring Legacy: The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Collection of Impressionist and Modern Art

Through February 2019