This January, the DMA will welcome Dr. Anna Katherine Brodbeck as the new Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. Brodeck will join the Museum from the Carnegie Museum of Art, in Pittsburgh, PA, where she has worked since 2013 as an Associate Curator, serving as the coordinator between the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Whitney Museum of American Art on the organization of the first comprehensive US retrospective of the influential Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica. A Ph.D. in art history, Brodbeck brings to the DMA an extensive knowledge of modern and contemporary art and will work closely with Gavin Delahunty, the Museum’s Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art on the Concentrations series, focused on international emerging artists and also on strengthening relationships with local artists.
The DMA is quickly wrapping up their 25th anniversary season of the Museum’s literary and performing art series, Arts & Letters Live. On November 15, Dr. Nicole R. Myers, The Lillian and James H. Clark Curator of Painting and Sculpture, DMA, will lead a tour of the Museum’s 18th-Century French art tied to author Hannah Rothschild’s appearance that same evening. The first woman chair of the National Gallery in London and a trustee of the Tate Gallery, Hannah Rothschild has been part of the art world for her entire life. Her family has an extensive collection, and she made several films about the art world, among other subjects, during a long career as a documentary filmmaker with the BBC. She will be discussing her debut novel, The Improbability of Love, which takes the reader behind the scenes of a London auction house, into the secret operations of a powerful art dealer, to a flamboyant 18th-century-style dinner party, and more.
Toast of the Town
November marks the opening of the DMA’s focus exhibition Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail. The exhibition features nearly sixty works predominantly from the DMA’s extensive design holdings, many of which are on view for the first time, and explores the culture of cocktails and the wares in which they were prepared and served. The exhibition follows the development of the modern cocktail from the late 19th century to the present day, tracing the stylistic reflections of the rituals of the cocktail’s concoction, presentation, and consumption through metalware, glassware, and ceramics. Featuring a range of objects, many of which are on view for the first time, Shaken, Stirred, Styled includes 19th-century punch bowls, early 20th-century liquor decanters and glasses, Prohibition-era cocktail shakers, and Art Deco and modern barware.
Image credit: Martini glass, c. 2001, Valeri Timofeev, designer, silver gilt, plique-à-jour enamel, enamel, unidentified hardstone, Dallas Museum of Art, Discretionary Decorative Arts Fund, 2014.21