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EODIAH Celebrates Four Years

The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at the University of Texas at Dallas celebrated its fourth academic year by honoring Edith O’Donnell, its inspirational founder, at a special dinner on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 in the Ann and Jack Graves Ballroom of the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center located at UT Dallas.

The evening was hosted by Dr. Richard C. Benson, President of the University, and the Founding Director of the Institute, Dr. Richard R. Brettell.  Following a film tribute to Mrs. O’Donnell for her generosity and commitment to the arts, Dr. Brettell announced that major gifts have been received to begin plans to build the W. Ray Wallace Athenaeum which will house a new art library and major art collection that have been promised to the University.

In addition, he shared that the new headquarters of the O’Donnell Institute will be housed in the Wallace Athenaeum, which will be surrounded by gardens designed by Peter Walker, the world-renowned landscape architect behind the landscaping master plan funded by the University’s most important donor, Margaret McDermott.  With these gifts received, UT Dallas is poised to create The Wallace Athenaeum at the very center of its campus and to provide a place of inspiration and intellectual exchange in the arts on a campus dedicated to STEAM.

Attendees of the Fourth Annual Dinner included: Edith and Peter O’Donnell; Dr. Richard C. Benson, President, University of Texas at Dallas, and Leslie Benson; Dr. Richard R. Brettell, Founding Director of The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, and Dr. Caroline Brettell; Gay and Bill Solomon; Mr. Richard Barrett; Carol Kradolfer; Ruth O’Donnell Mutch; Mrs. Margaret McDermott; Beatrice Carr Wallace; Caren Prothro; Dr. Hobson Wildenthal; Wendy and Jeremy Strick; Nancy Dedman; Rachael and Bob Dedman; Elizabeth Boeckman; Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller; Roger Horchow; Mary McDermott Cook and Dan Patterson; Dr. Kern Wildenthal and Marnie Wildenthal; Mrs. Nancy Shutt; Mrs. Peter Denker; and Ms. Pat Patterson.

EODIAH thanks its many generous friends and supporters. We look forward to working with all of you to achieve our future plans. Stay tuned for more information and ways you may wish to support this ambitious project.

Edith O’Donnell; back row (left to right) Carol Kradolfer, Peter O’Donnell, Jill Wilkinson, Ruth Mutch, Travis Andres, Mary Gorter

Mary McDermott Cook and Dan Patterson

Margaret McDermott, Richard Barrett, and Dr. B. Hobson Wildenthal

(Left to right) Richard Barrett, Mrs. Ray Wallace, Dr. Richard Brettell

Dr. Caroline Brettell, Mrs. Ray Wallace, and Caroline Brown

Dr. Richard C. Benson, President of UT Dallas; and Mrs. Leslie Benson

Rachael and Bob Dedman, and Mrs. Nancy Dedman

Gay and Bill Solomon, and Ms. Salle Stemmons

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Lucy M. Buchanan

Director of Development

The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History

Report of the Director

Richard Brettell - AH - Margaret M. McDermott Distinguished Chair in Aesthetic Studies - Art History

Dr. Richard R. Brettell

The fall semester of 2016 has been almost volcanic with activity at the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History. We have welcomed a new visiting scholar from the University of Victoria, Professor Allan Antliff, who is in Dallas for the 2016-2017 academic year to work on a new book dealing with contemporary art and anarchist philosophy. Allan and I became friends through our mutual study of Camille Pissarro, whose anarchism is well known, and my students and I have learned a great deal from his imaginative and morally bracing kind of art history. His presence at UT Dallas will result not only in a major book but also in a long-term collaboration with the superb art history faculty at the University of Victoria, a collaboration which will be enriched by the presence on campus of Dr. Melia Belli-Bose of the University of Victoria in the spring term of 2017.

Most recently we co-organized with the Ackerman Center a symposium on the School of London, the post-WWII painters of Britain that included Freud, Bacon, Kossoff, Auerbach, Andrews, and Kitaj. The symposium coincided with a major exhibition of the group at the Getty. We have also planned a symposium with our colleagues at the Crow Collection of Asian Art devoted to the global ceramics trade centered in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Puebla, Mexico. The markets of Puebla linked the Islamic ceramic tradition via Spain with the Chinese tradition via the Mexican-ruled Phillipines and the Manila galleons.

Our goal of making our DMA headquarters a “Living Room” for art historians in Dallas-Fort Worth continues to advance, and later this month we will welcome as many of our metroplex colleagues as possible to meet the DMA’s new director, Agustín Arteaga. Our schedule of workshops masterminded by Lauren LaRocca continues apace, involving O’Donnell Institute scholars and fellows as well as distinguished guests.

This fall, we have also had a good many distinguished visitors to the Institute’s UT Dallas home, including Mr. and Mrs. O’Donnell, UT Dallas’s new President, Dr. Richard Benson, and the French Ambassador, Gérard Araud.

French Ambassador Gérard Araud (middle) and Consul General of France Sujiro Seam (right) visit EODIAH

French Ambassador Gérard Araud (middle) and Consul General of France Sujiro Seam (right) visit EODIAH

 

For me, the semester is filled with preparations for the lectures in what might well be the largest course in UT Dallas’s history, Introduction to the Visual Arts, taught to an eager group of almost 350 undergraduates in the lecture hall of the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology building. Using works of art in Dallas-Fort Worth museums as portals onto other places and other times, I endeavor to excite UT Dallas’s supremely intelligent undergraduates, the vast majority of whom major in sciences, technology, management, or social sciences, to pause and think about human history and its artistic and architectural heritage.

We have also progressed this term in our partnerships with the Wildenstein Institute in Paris, the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, the Swiss Institute of Art History in Zurich, the University of Victoria, and, soon, a new Institute for the Study of American Art at the University of Nanjing in China.

Not bad for a little more than two years.

 

Richard R. Brettell, Ph.D.

Founding Director, The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History and the Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair