Contemporary Art + Design is co-curated by Sarah Schleuning, Interim Chief Curator and The Margot B. Perot Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, and the Museum’s team of contemporary art curators, led by Dr. Anna Katherine Brodbeck, Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, and including Dr. Vivian Li, The Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art, and Vivian Crockett, The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art. The exhibition will be on view in the Museum’s Hoffman Galleries beginning August 30 through March 7, 2021, and is included in free general admission.
Featuring contemporary artists and designers from eleven countries, the exhibition includes paintings, jewelry, furnishings, and other design objects, reflecting the global commitment of the DMA’s acquisitions program. Contemporary paintings by artists Harold Ancart, Firelei Báez, Ann Craven, Sarah Crowner, Derek Fordjour, Rashid Johnson, Shara Hughes, Chris Ofili, Tomie Ohtake, Marjorie Norman Schwarz, and Michael Williams illustrate a range of new and emerging approaches to landscapes and still lifes. The painters’ inventive treatment of organic forms resonates with surrounding design works, which employ a variety of media and applications. Featured works include jewelry by Robert Baines, Bruno Martinazzi, Jiro Kamata, and Kiff Slemmons, and Fulani earrings from Mali; furnishings by Ron Arad and Misha Kahn, and a textile by Nicholas Weddell.
“We are thrilled to welcome visitors back to the DMA to enjoy the offerings in our galleries and escape the day-to-day through the stories told by our exhibitions and works of art. Our audiences bring our galleries to life,” said Dr. Agustín Arteaga, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director. “While we were unable to receive visitors at the Museum, our staff remained determined to create opportunities for our community to engage with art online and from home. Our curators looked to our collection to find ways to reflect on the time we are living in. We are so pleased to now present Contemporary Art + Design. This exhibition demonstrates the unique and exciting departmental collaborations that are possible at the DMA, as well as the global approach of our acquisitions and exhibitions programs. We hope visitors find these new additions to our collection inspiring and engaging.”
“Over the past few years, our curatorial team has worked to build the collection in a way that’s more reflective of our community and our place in the world, both locally grounded and globally reaching,” added the exhibition curators. “This exhibition is an exciting opportunity not only to see so many of these new acquisitions together, but also to illustrate the compelling new directions we’ve been taking with the collection.”