After a lengthy search, the Dallas Museum of Art has secured a new leader with worldly credentials. The museum has announced that Dr. Agustín Arteaga will become the new Eugene McDermott Director. Arteaga is currently serving as the director of the Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL) in Mexico City, one of largest and most prominent cultural institutions in Mexico.
“Agustín is a forward-thinking and strategic director with an excellent track record of leading museums on a global level and attracting new audiences and support through innovative, collection-based programs,” said president of the board of trustees Catherine Marcus Rose in a release. “He brings an international perspective to the DMA, having spearheaded partnerships with major institutions around the world throughout his 30-year career.”
The museum has been searching for a new director for nearly nine months, since former director Max Anderson vacated the role for a job in the nonprofit world.
“I am honored to have been selected to serve as the next Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art,” added Arteaga in the release. “The DMA is a leader in the museum field for the ways it has galvanized community engagement in the arts. I look forward to working with the museum’s board of trustees, who recognize the critical role that the DMA plays locally, nationally, and internationally, and with the museum’s dedicated staff and patrons to continue the legacy of my predecessors.”
Prior to his tenure at MUNAL, Arteaga was the director of the Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP) in Puerto Rico and the founding director of the contemporary art museum Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) Fundación Costantini in Argentina.
He also acted as a guest curator for two years at the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris — one of France’s most renowned contemporary art institutions. And, from 1991 to 1994, he served as deputy director and curator of Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM) in Mexico City.
Arteaga will assume his new role September 1.