The Crow Museum of Asian Artwork of The College of Texas at Dallas has found its new curator. Natalia Di Pietrantonio, Ph.D., hails from the Seattle Art Museum and was selected after a nationwide look for.
There, she served as inaugural curator of South Asian art, caring for the museum’s South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Islamic artwork collections whilst also serving as an affiliate artwork heritage faculty member at the University of Washington.
Di Pietrantonio arrives just as the Crow Museum is making ready to debut a second museum subsequent fall.
Built by global architecture organization Morphosis, the Edith and Peter O’Donnell Athenaeum is currently being created as element of a 12-acre cultural district on the UT Dallas campus.
More than the following 12 months, the 38-year-previous curator will get the job done closely with architects, inside designers, educational college, and museum personnel to find the artworks that will be on perspective when the new museum opens its doors. She will also guide the 10,000 sq. feet of gallery place at the primary Crow Museum, which was founded in 1998 and is in the downtown Dallas Arts District.
In addition, Di Pietrantonio will serve as a college member in the arts department at UT Dallas.
“Natalia brings a wonderful eyesight, a new and energetic point of view, and a proven track report in elevating Asian American artwork and culture in compelling ways,” suggests Amy Lewis Hofland, senior director of the Crow Museum of Asian Art of The College of Texas at Dallas. “With her background in South Asian and Islamic artwork, she also will assistance establish the Crow Museum of Asian Art assortment, strengthening it to much better reflect the escalating range of our area.”
A first-generation Mexican American whose initially language was Spanish, a release claims that “Di Pietrantonio delivers more than 10 decades of expert and educational knowledge, ranging from really lauded museum exhibitions and college cultural activities to revolutionary collaborations and distinctive group outreach ordeals.”
From 2014-15, she served as a Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow for the Islamic office at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. She is multilingual and speaks Spanish, Persian, Urdu and English.
At the Seattle Artwork Museum, she harnessed her expertise of fashionable and present-day art to curate two diverse exhibitions: “Embodied Modify: South Asian Artwork Across Time” (January 2022), which targeted on the human body and woman representations in South Asia and “Our Blue Planet: Global Visions of Drinking water” (March 2022), which tackled climate improve and h2o access.
During her tenure at the Seattle Artwork Museum, she grew their South Asian assortment by 25 %. She also was the direct curator on the mid-career retrospective of the efficiency artist Anida Y. Ali that debuts in January 2024.
Recognizing that North Texas has just one of the fastest-escalating Asian American populations in Texas, Di Pietrantonio is energized to pursue exhibitions and courses that are topical the two domestically and globally to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. She also intends to deliver efficiency artwork into the cultural mix at the Crow Museum.
“As the Crow Museum embarks on a new era with a 2nd museum on the horizon, I am honored to be aspect of its storied record known for dynamic and impressive exhibitions and applications,” suggests Di Pietrantonio. “My initial key intention is to find out more about the North Texas location — from UT Dallas learners and museum supporters to neighborhood organizations and our increasingly varied populations — so I can enable align and tailor the museum applications for its communities.”
In 2018, Di Pietrantonio accomplished her Ph.D. in the historical past of art at Cornell University, researching beneath the present-day artist Iftikhar Dadi with a focus on calligraphy and ebook arts. Prior to that time, she obtained a master’s diploma in South Asian experiments from Columbia University and a bachelor’s diploma in artwork historical past from the College of California, Davis. It was during her a long time at UC Davis that a dynamic professor released her to Islamic art and ignited her curiosity.