Dallas Museum of Art Appoints Anna Katherine Brodbeck as Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art

Dallas, TX—October 20, 2016— Anna Katherine Brodbeck has been named The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, it was announced today by Agustín Arteaga, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director. Brodbeck will begin work in Dallas in January 2017, and will report to Gavin Delahunty, the Museum’s Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art.

She 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. For it, Brodbeck developed the exhibition checklist, conducted extensive research, and collaborated with various museum departments on the exhibition catalogue, fundraising, and programming. Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium premiered this month at the CMOA.

A Ph.D. in art history, Brodbeck brings to the DMA an extensive knowledge of modern and contemporary art, with a focus on Latin American art, as well as a background in Islamic art. The subject of her doctoral thesis concentrated on Artur Barrio, the Brazilian artist best known for his shocking performances and experimental installations. 

“We are excited to welcome Katherine to the Dallas Museum of Art and to our contemporary art community. Passionate and bright, she has superb instincts with regards to presenting contemporary art in an encyclopedic museum, and a fascinating interest in contemporary Latin American and Islamic art that will come together in original and interesting ways for the DMA,” said Agustín Arteaga, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director.

As The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Brodbeck will work closely with Delahunty on a number of projects, including the organization of exhibitions in the Concentrations series, focused on international emerging artists, as well as other exhibitions. Brodbeck will also work with artists and organizations in the area to strengthen relationships and programs, conduct research on the collection, make acquisitions, and collaborate on installations throughout the Museum.

“One of the many things that excited me about Katherine, and what set her apart from other short-listed candidates, is how she has taken her strong foundation in Latin American art to expand her knowledge of art histories and practices from across the globe. Her curatorial approach and ambition embodies our vision for the DMA to be more reflective of the rich diversity of Dallas and the world,” added Gavin Delahunty.

Previously, Brodbeck was a curatorial research assistant at The Frick Collection, where she delivered extensive exhibition research for Picasso’s Drawings, 1890–1921: Reinventing Tradition (2011). She also worked as a curatorial intern at The Museum of Modern Art on the 2007 exhibition Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years, and as a gallery assistant at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

“I am thrilled to join the Dallas Museum of Art, and not only because of the Museum’s commitment to contemporary art; its strong holdings in art that spans multiple cultures and time periods provide the necessary context in which to understand our interconnected present moment. I look forward to building on my experience in Latin American art in making those connections and being a part of this dynamic community.”

Anna Katherine Brodbeck earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She is a magna cum laude graduate of New York University and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Her work has been supported by a number of fellowships, and she has delivered scholarly papers and contributed to publications in her field. She has also served as an adjunct instructor of art and art history at New York University and Hunter College, and is a member of the College Art Association and Latin American Studies Association.

Contemporary Art
The DMA is considered one of the eminent centers for postwar and contemporary art in the United States. Work in all media—paintings, sculpture, photography, works on paper and film—ranges from classic Abstract Expressionism to the challenging present. Highlights include masterworks by Walter De Maria, David Hammons, Jenny Holzer, Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, Bridget Riley, Frank Stella, Anne Truitt and Jack Whitten, as well as a rapidly growing collection of works by a younger generation of artists including Jacqueline Humphries, Merlin James and Rebecca Warren.

Photo: © Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Photo Bryan Conley

About the Dallas Museum of Art
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 23,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the nation’s largest arts district, the Museum welcomes over 650,000 visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. In January 2013, the DMA returned to a free general admission policy and launched DMA Friends, a free program available to anyone who wishes to join, focused on active engagement with the Museum. For more information, visit DMA.org.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.