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Private Obsessions and Private Collecting: A Look at Dallas

Heather MacDonald, The Lillian and James H. Clark Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Dallas Museum of Art, will present “Private Obsessions and Private Collecting: A Look at Dallas” as part of the Museum’s “Art in Context” series, on Wednesday, January 6, 2010, at 12:30 p.m. in the Kimbell Art Museum auditorium.

In this free lecture, MacDonald will examine the dramatic and highly personal history of Lillian and James Clark, a Dallas couple who assembled one of the most important collections of modern art in Texas. She will discuss the scope and development of their collection––which included at one point more than twenty paintings by Piet Mondrian, as well as important works by Fernand Léger, Constantin Brancusi, and other diverse artists––and relate it to the Kimbell’s current exhibition, From the Private Collections of Texas: European Art, Ancient to Modern.

MacDonald joined the DMA in 2005 and has since served on the curatorial team for two of the museum’s most acclaimed and ambitious European art exhibitions, J. M. W. Turner and Matisse: Painter as Sculptor. She is the curator of The Lens of Impressionism: Photography and Painting Along the Normandy Coast, 1850–1874 and Coastlines: Images of Land and Sea, both scheduled to open at the DMA in Spring 2010.

Kimbell Art Museum hours: Tuesdays–Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Fridays, noon–8 p.m.; Sundays, noon–5 p.m.; closed Mondays. For general information, call 817-332-8451. Website:

*Admission to the Museum’s permanent collection is always free.

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