Jo Szymansk
Meadows Museum

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October 15, 2003

Richard Brettell Named Adjunct Senior Curator Of Dallas's Meadows Museum

DALLAS (SMU) -- Richard Robson Brettell, Ph.D., has agreed to serve as adjunct senior curator of SMU's Meadows Museum, effective November 1, 2003, it was announced today by Museum Director Edmund P. Pillsbury. Former director of the Dallas Museum of Art and currently professor of aesthetic studies and director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Museums at the University of Texas at Dallas, Dr. Brettell will consult with the Meadows Museum on exhibition and collection development as well as interpretive programs in general, fostering the growth of the Museum's audience throughout the region.

Dr. Pillsbury commented, "I have known Rick Brettell for thirty years and believe that he is uniquely qualified to help me in developing the Meadows Museum into one of the foremost university art museums in the world, if not one of the region's premier cultural attractions."

Meadows School of the Arts Dean Carole Brandt said, "I endorse the decision to strengthen and diversify the curatorial expertise of the Meadows Museum and am thrilled that Rick Brettell has agreed to help in developing exhibitions, collections and educational programs."

Dr. Brettell is an authority on Impressionism and French painting of the period 1830-1930. He holds three degrees from Yale University and has taught at the University of Texas, Northwestern University, The University of Chicago, Yale University and Harvard University.

His most recent books are "19th and 20th Century European Drawings in the Robert Lehman Collection," produced for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and published by Princeton University Press; "Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1900" for Yale University Press; "Modern Art, 1851-1929: Capitalism and Representation" for the Oxford History of Art; and "Monet to Moore: The Millennium Gift of Sara Lee Corporation," published by Yale University Press. He has also published books on the work of Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas and Paul Gauguin as well as a major study of Impressionist landscape painting.

Dr. Brettell's museum career began in 1980 when he was appointed Searle Curator of European Painting at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he oversaw the complete renovation and reinstallation of the European painting and sculpture galleries in the Allerton Building. In 1988, he became the McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, where he supervised the design, construction and installation of the Hamon Building, which opened in 1993. Since leaving the Dallas Museum, Dr. Brettell has been involved with the purchase of the M.H.W. Ritchie Collection for the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, with the building and renovation program of the Portland Museum of Art (Oregon), and with the Millennium Gift of the Sara Lee Collection, for which the company won the National Medal for the Arts in 1999.

Professor Brettell said, "Universities in America have long been incubators for creative new thinking about art and art museums, and Ted Pillsbury and I want to work together to challenge both students and members of the public with exciting and unprecedented acquisitions, programs and exhibitions."

University of Texas at Dallas Dean Dennis Kratz added, "Rick Brettell's appointment initiates a partnership with the Meadows Museum that we believe will greatly benefit the educational and cultural resources of the greater Dallas metropolitan community."

Founded in 1965, the Meadows Museum is committed to the advancement of knowledge and understanding of art through the collection and interpretation of works of the greatest aesthetic and historical importance, as exemplified by the founding collection of Spanish art. The Museum is a resource of Southern Methodist University that serves a broad and international audience as well as the university community through meaningful exhibitions, publications, research, workshops and other educational programs.

The Meadows Museum houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain, with works dating from the 10th to the 20th century. It includes masterpieces by some of the world's greatest painters: El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Miró and Picasso. Highlights of the collection include Renaissance altarpieces, monumental Baroque canvases, exquisite rococo oil sketches, polychrome wood sculptures, Impressionist landscapes, modernist abstractions, a comprehensive collection of the graphic works of Goya and a select group of sculptures by major 20th-century masters. The Museum also exhibits the art of James Surls and other regional masters, and hosts international loan exhibits such as "Anthony Caro: The Emma Series and After" (October 19, 2003-January 4, 2004) and the forthcoming "Form, Figure, and Narrative in Ancient Greek Vase Painting: Treasures of the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid" (February 8-June 6, 2004).

Occupying a neo-Palladian structure with impressive naturally lit painting galleries and extensive exhibition space, underwritten by a generous grant from The Meadows Foundation, the Meadows Museum is located off North Central Expressway at 5900 Bishop Blvd., three blocks west of Mockingbird Station. Current hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday; and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. For information, call 214.768.2516.