The Dallas Museum of Art’s new director, Agustín Arteaga, is a welcome addition to the venerable institution, bringing a truly international perspective to the mix.
The Dallas Museum of Art added another find to its riches Sept. 1: Dr. Agustín Arteaga became its Eugene McDermott director, replacing Dr. Maxwell Anderson, who’d served as director for nearly four years. Arteaga’s career is a storied, international affair. Most recently, he directed the Museo Nacional de Arte in Mexico City, preceded by game-changing tenures at Puerto Rico’s Museo de Arte de Ponce and Argentina’s Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. “I deeply believe that art changes people’s lives for the better,” Mexico City-born Arteaga maintains. “I believe that it is the responsibility of museums to make accessible the best works of human creation to the widest possible audience—no matter their origin, race, beliefs or sexual orientation.” The DMA’s free general admission policy will remain in place, and Arteaga plans to make the museum an even more inclusive cultural resource. “The DMA has long championed the interpretation and study of diverse cultures through the presentation of art from a range of civilizations and eras,” he adds. “This is in part what drew me to the museum and is a legacy I intend to advance as director.”