Agustin Arteaga, currently the director of the acclaimed Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL) in Mexico City, is the new Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, the museum announced on Friday July 15. He replaces Max Anderson, who stepped down suddenly last fall.
“Agustín is a forward-thinking and strategic director with an excellent track record of leading museums on a global level,” Catherine Marcus Rose, president of the Dallas Museum’s board of trustees, said. “His managerial acumen, curatorial expertise, and vision will be instrumental in enhancing the DMA’s international reputation and in strengthening our engagement with the ever-changing local and regional communities that we serve.”
Throughout Arteaga’s thirty-year career as a museum professional he served as the executive director and CEO of the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico for nine years; the founding director of the contemporary art museum Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires from 2000 to 2002; and the director and chief curator of Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City from 1994 to 1999.
Arteaga was decorated as a Chevalier in the French Republic’s Order of Arts and Letters in 1998, and he received the Ohtli Award from the government of Mexico in 2013, which is the highest honor bestowed to Mexican citizens for support of Mexican culture abroad.
“He brings an international perspective to the DMA,” says Catherine Marcus Rose, president of the museum’s board of trustees. He brings more than 30 years of experience to the role.
Arteaga will be relocating to Dallas with his husband, Carlos Gonzalez-Jamie, in September.
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