DMA Curatorial Interns Organize Their First Exhibition

Either Side of Gray: Exploring Black and White to feature works from around the world and across time

A cutting-edge educational museum, the Dallas Museum of Art’s training programs continue to expand, as the 2007–2008 class of McDermott Curatorial Interns are organizing the first-ever intern-curated exhibition, titled Either Side of Gray: Exploring Black and White.

Nearly 30 works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection will be featured in the exhibition, which delves into the infinite manifestations achieved through black and white and its usage in art around the world, across time and over stylistic boundaries. It will be on view from March 28 to June 29, 2008 on the M2 level of the Museum.

“We picked a theme that would allow us to incorporate works from each of our departments,” said Edwina Phillips, McDermott Graduate Curatorial Intern. “In Either Side of Gray, we have European, American, pre-Colombian and other art represented.”

Highlights of the exhibition are a Piet Mondrian self-portrait; a never-before exhibited Peruvian painted cloth, c. A.D. 800; Phil/Fingerprint, a Chuck Close painting; Print #1, a Robert Mapplethorpe photograph; Cupid, a Josiah Wedgwood Factory sculpture; an African mask and works from other cultures and by prominent artists. The exhibition will not be arranged chronologically but instead will blend the works to allow a dialogue and dynamic interaction of black and white to weave the pieces together.

“It’s a very visual show, very visually arresting,” said Errin Copple, McDermott Graduate Curatorial Intern. “It’s cross-cultural, cross-chronological and gives viewers the opportunity to view some rarely exhibited works.”

The intern-curated exhibition was the brainchild of Dorothy Kosinski, senior curator of painting and sculpture and The Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art. Kosinski thought it would be a way for the curatorial interns to experience the process of organizing a show, including the planning, selection of art and installation of an exhibition. Educational programs, including gallery talks, are planned with Either Side of Gray, and will be spearheaded by programming interns in the Education department at the Museum.

“This exhibition is an excellent opportunity for our curatorial interns to enhance their experience here,” Kosinski said. “The process of planning an exhibition on their own will give them unmatched real-world experience as they pursue professional curatorial careers.”

The Dallas Museum of Art’s 2007–2008 McDermott Curatorial Interns are Errin Copple, a graduate of Vanderbilt University with an M.A. in art history; Lauren Hughes, a graduate of Southern Methodist University with an M.A. in art history; Caitlin Overton, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in art history; Edwina Phillips, a graduate of Syracuse University with an M.A. in art history; Crystal Rosenthal, a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with an M.A. in classical antiquity; and Christopher Saenz, a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a B.A. in art history.

Through the Eugene McDermott Education Fund, the Museum selects 10 interns each year out of hundreds of applicants and selects six for curatorial internships. Aside from planning their exhibition, curatorial interns are responsible for giving gallery talks, training docents and assisting the curators in their respective departments with acquisition preparations, authoring and designing materials, gallery installations, and research. The other four interns are given positions in the Museum’s Education department.

Former McDermott Curatorial Interns have taken important positions such as the chief curator at the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, acting senior curator at the Nasher Sculpture Center, and assistant curator at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, among others.

About the Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art, established in 1903, has an encyclopedic collection of more than 23,000 works, spanning 5,000 years of history and representing all media, with renowned strengths in the arts of the ancient Americas, Africa, Indonesia and South Asia; European and American painting, sculpture and decorative arts; and American and international contemporary art.

The Dallas Museum of Art is the anchor of the Dallas Arts District and serves as the cultural magnet for the city with diverse programming ranging from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary readings, dramatic and dance presentations, and a full spectrum of programs designed to engage people of all ages with the power and excitement of art.

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