Vital member of Dallas Contemporary’s Senior Staff, the Senior Curator is the driving force behind the identity of the museum’s curatorial programming, as well as the overall identity of Dallas Contemporary at large. As head of the curatorial department, the Senior Curator significantly contributes to Dallas Contemporary’s vision and ongoing growth.
This dynamic leadership position includes national and international travel, speaking engagements acting as a representative of the institution, supervision and guidance of curatorial staff, close involvement with exhibition realization, ongoing collaboration with development and education teams, and multifaceted interaction with the community.
Situated within the heart of the city’s burgeoning Design District, Dallas Contemporary is a non-profit, non-collecting museum that functions in the vein of a traditional kunsthalle; the programme focuses on exhibiting new and recent multidisciplinary works by both emerging and established local, national, and international artists, as well as commissioning site-specific works.
Such presentations are further enhanced by the institution’s setting within a 37,000 square foot industrial building, providing a wholly unique context for each individual exhibition. Dallas Contemporary is one of two bilingual contemporary art institutions in the United States, with a strong focus on expanding audience engagement through temporary exhibitions, artist lectures, and extensive learning programmes.
Seminal exhibitions include David Salle, Pia Camil, Julian Schnabel, Bruce Weber, Mary Katrantzou, Eric Fischl, and 2016’s “Black Sheep Feminism,” which was the most-ever-written-about group exhibition to be organized by a Dallas museum. Public interventions include the installation of Richard Phillips’s Playboy Marfa on Riverfront Drive, a busy Dallas thoroughfare; French photographer JR’s activation of the city in his massive participatory project, “Inside Out”; and the creation of Shepard Fairey’s series of murals throughout West Dallas.
The DC staff works collaboratively and interdepartmentally to produce world-class shows and educational programming each year. Dallas Contemporary’s supporter base is extremely dedicated and believes in the museum’s bold curatorial choices. The Board includes art advisors, art collectors, lawyers, finance professionals, philanthropists, marketing/PR specialists and artists.