Programs

The O’Donnell Institute is dedicated to fostering intellectual creativity, exchange, and collaboration. Join us for these upcoming events.




Paintings Conservation Studio, The Dallas Museum of Art

Fellows’ visit to the DMA Conservation Studio

By invitation


Jackson Pollock, Number 14, 1951, Tate Liverpool

Colloquium, Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots

At the O’Donnell Institute Research Center at the DMA
By invitation


ATEC Watering Hole with Dr. David McPhail, O’Donnell Institute Distinguished Chair of Conservation Science

At UT Dallas, ATEC 3.209
Open to UT Dallas affiliates


Workshop Talk: Mark Rosen, The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History

“The Poitiers Stone and the Cartographers of Europe”
At the O’Donnell Institute, UT Dallas
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas–Fort Worth art historians


Kneeling female figure with bowl and child
,late 19th or early 20th century, The Dallas Museum of Art
The Clark and Frances Stillman Collection of Congo Sculpture, gift of Eugene and Margaret McDermott

Fellows’ visit to the DMA African galleries

By invitation


Jacopo Bassano, The Adoration of the Magi, after 1555, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth

Fellow’s Object Talk: Kristine Larison on Jacopo Bassano’s Adoration of the Magi at the Kimbell Art Museum

By invitation


Rogier van der Weyden, Saint George and the Dragon, c. 1435, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Workshop Talk: Sarah Kozlowski, The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History

“Jan van Eyck’s Saint George and the Dragon between Bruges and Naples”
At the O’Donnell Institute Research Center at the DMA
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas–Fort Worth art historians


László Moholy–Nagy, Kinetic–constructive system, 1922

Workshop Talk: Charissa Terranova, The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History


At the O’Donnell Institute, UT Dallas
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas–Fort Worth art historians


Workshop Talk: Nancy Bell, The National Archives, UK

“A Vision for Heritage Science”
At the O’Donnell Institute Research Center at the DMA
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas–Fort Worth art historians


Norman H. Tennent

Workshop Talk: Professor Norman H. Tennent, University of Amsterdam

“Slow but sure--a good motto for conservation science?”
At the O’Donnell Institute Research Center at the DMA
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


John Wilcox, Land(Scape), 1992

Opening at The Wilcox Space: John Wilcox: Diptychs and Polyptychs II

The second of a two-part installation curated by Sarah Kozlowski and Ben Lima
The Wilcox Space, 824 Exposition Boulevard, no. 9, Dallas
Open to the public


Jan van Eyck, Annunciation Diptych, c. 1433-1435, Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

O’Donnell Institute Symposium

Diptychs, Triptychs, and Polyptychs, from the Middle Ages to Modernity
At the O’Donnell Institute, UT Dallas
Space is limited; attendees must RSVP


Johannes Vermeer, Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, c. 1670–72, © The Leiden Collection, New York

Fellows’ viewing of Vermeer Suite: Music in 17th-Century Dutch Painting at the DMA


By invitation


Auguste Rodin, The Age of Bronze, c. 1876, Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection.
Photo David Heald, courtesy Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas.

The Art of Examination: Art Museums and Medical School Partnerships

At the Museum of Modern Art, New York
Chaired by Bonnie Pitman (Distinguished Scholar in Residence, The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, and Wendy Woon, The Edward John Noble Foundation Deputy Director for Education, MoMA
By Invitation


Constantin Brancusi, The Kiss (Le Baiser), 1907-08 (cast before 1914). Plaster. Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas.

Plaster: Medium and Process

A panel discussion presented in collaboration with the Nasher Sculpture Center
At the Nasher Sculpture Center
Open to the public


View toward the dome of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Workshop Talk: Carolyn Brown, Photographer

“Istanbul: ‘Sensations of Light’”
At the O’Donnell Institute Research Center at the DMA
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


John Wilcox, Paradise, 1989,
Courtesy of David Wilcox and Barry Whistler Gallery.

Fall Reception at the Wilcox Space

The Wilcox Space
By invitation


Re-Imagining Leonardo. Leonardo Journal was founded 50 years ago. This year ARTECA is being launched as a platform for experimental publishing for the art science technology community.

Workshop Talk: Roger Malina, Arts and Technology Distinguished Chair, UT Dallas, PhD students Chaz Lilly and Poe Johnson

Leonardo Journal 50th Anniversary: the Future of History and the Future of Publishing
At UT Dallas, ATEC 2.705
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


Residence of Charles Dee Mitchell

Fellows’ visit to the collection of Charles Dee Mitchell

By invitation


Bonifacio Bembo, Portrait of Francesco Sforza, 1460, tempera on panel, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan.

*All Available Spaces Have Been Filled

Workshop Talk: Dr. Timothy McCall, Associate Professor of Art History and Co-Director of Gender & Women’s Studies, Villanova University

“Fashionable Diplomacy in Renaissance Italy”
At the O’Donnell Institute Research Center at the DMA
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


Paris Opera House, ca 1900-40. Vienna Opera House, ca 1880.

What makes a cultural capital? Paris versus Vienna: A conversation with Alessandra Comini and Richard Brettell

Dr. Alessandra Comini, Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita, Southern Methodist University; Dr. Richard Brettell, O’Donnell Institute Founding Director
At The Dallas Museum of Art
Open to the public


Study for Medea, here attributed to Agostino Carracci, Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe degli Uffizi.

Workshop Talk: Dr. Mary Vaccaro, Professor, UT Arlington

Connossieurship and the study of Old Master drawings
At the O’Donnell Institute Research Center at the DMA
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


Sculptural Portrait of Yang Lianzhenjia and Its Attendants, second half of the 13th century, Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368)

Workshop Talk: Dr. Qing Chang, Research Curator, Crow Collection of Asian Art

At the O’Donnell Institute Research Center at the DMA

Fashioning Self-Portrait Leads Iconoclasm: The Portrait Image of Yang Lianzhenjia and Its Reception in the Yuan (1271-1368) and Ming (1368-1644) Periods
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


Nicole Myers, The Lillian and James H. Clark Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, The Dallas Museum of Art

Workshop Talk: Nicole Myers, The Lillian and James H. Clark Curator of Painting and Sculpture, DMA

At The Dallas Museum of Art
“Explore the European Art Galleries with Nicole Myers, The Lillian and James H. Clark of European Painting and Sculpture”
By invitation


Paul Cézanne, Still Life with Apples on a Sideboard, 1900–1906, Dallas

Fellow’s Object Talk: Fabienne Ruppen on Cézanne’s Still Life with Apples on a Sideboard at the DMA

By invitation


Hans Namuth, Clyfford Still, 1952.

Workshop Talk: Allan Antliff, O’Donnell Institute Research Fellow, UT Dallas

“Clyfford Still on the Margins of Anarchy”

At the O’Donnell Institute Research Center at The Dallas Museum of Art
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait, 1956, Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth

O’Donnell Institute/Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies Symposium

The School of London: Diaspora and Pictorial Trauma in Auerbach, Bacon, Freud, Kitaj, and Kossoff
O’Donnell Institute/Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies Symposium
At the O’Donnell Institute, UT Dallas and the Research Center at the DMA
Open to the public
Details forthcoming


Chen Rong, Nine Dragons Scroll (Detail), 1244. Ink and touches of red on paper. 46.3 x 1096.4 cm. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Francis Gardner Curtis Fund, 17.1697.

Workshop Talk: Dr. Jacqueline Chao, Curator of Asian Art, Crow Collection of Asian Art

Chen Rong’s Nine Dragons scroll and the history of Chinese ink dragon painting
At the O’Donnell Institute Research Center at the DMA
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at The Dallas Museum of Art

Area Art History Faculty Reception

At the O’Donnell Institute, UT Dallas and the Research Center at the DMA
By invitation


An early Islamic wall plaque from Samarra, Iraq (9th century). Museum for Islamic Art, Berlin.

Dr. Julian Henderson, Professor and Chair of Archaeology, University of Nottingham

The glories of Islamic glass – new insights into production, trade and specialization along the Middle Eastern Silk Road
At the O’Donnell Institute Research Center at the DMA
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


Giovanni di Paolo, detail of the Branchini Madonna, 1427, tempera and gold leaf on panel, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena.

Workshop Talk: Dr. Davide Gasparotto, Senior Curator of Paintings, J. Paul Getty Museum

Giovanni di Paolo. The 20th Century Rediscovery of a Sienese Renaissance Painter
At the O’Donnell Institute Research Center at the DMA
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


Philippe de Montebello

O’Donnell Institute Lecture with Philippe de Montebello

The Multiple Lives of Works of Art
At The Dallas Museum of Art
Open to the public
Please RSVP to Pierrette Lacour [email protected]


A 17th/18th Century Venetian goblet. The corrosion rate is very slow (a nanometer per day) but over the centuries has led to the development of a fine network of surface cracks and some catastrophic mechanical failure.

Workshop Talk: Dr. David McPhail, O’Donnell Institute Distinguished Chair of Conservation Science

At UT Dallas, BSB 13.685
Using surface science and surface analysis to understand (and hopefully ameliorate) ultra-slow corrosion processes in works of art
By invitation


Basin with scenery of church and mosque, Puebla de los Angeles, New Spain; late 17th century Tin glaze earthenware with cobalt blue on white glaze 16 cm dia. (6¼ inches dia.) Museo Franz Mayer. Photography: Michael Calderwood Courtesy of the Archives of Farzaneh Pirouz.

Symposium: Talavera and Ceramic Connections: East Asia, West Asia, and the Americas

At The Crow Collection of Asian Art and The Dallas Museum of Art
Open to the public
Purchase tickets


The Crucifixion, mid-14th century, ink and pigments on parchment. Baltimore, The Walters Art Museum, W.836, fol. 6v, (photo: The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore)

Workshop Talk
Dr. Jacopo Gnisci, UT Dallas Fellow

A Passion without passion? Holy Week in Ethiopian manuscript painting (1270-1527)
At The O’Donnell Institute Research Center in The Dallas Museum of Art
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


Plaza de Armas

Workshop Talk
Dr. Adam Herring, Chair of Art History, Southern Methodist University

Turntable: Inca Cuzco’s ‘Terrace of Leisure’
At The O’Donnell Institute Research Center in The Dallas Museum of Art
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


Jessica Harden

Gallery Talk
Jessica Harden, Director of Exhibition and Museum Design, The Dallas Museum of Art

Exhibition and Museum Design at The Dallas Museum of Art
At The Dallas Museum of Art
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


Robyn Hodgkins

Workshop Talk
Robyn Hodgkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Trinity University

A closer look at modern and contemporary oil paint formulations
At The O’Donnell Institute Research Center in The Dallas Museum of Art
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


Merian C. Cooper's King Kong (1933)

Workshop Talk
Poe Johnson, UT Dallas Fellow

The Great Chain of Being Black: Images of the Lynched Black Body as Participatory Fandom
At UT Dallas, ATEC 2.705
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


Michelangelo Buonarotti, Manuscript of Sonnet 5 with self-portrait, c. 1509–1510, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence

O’Donnell Institute Symposium

Artists’ Writings on Materials and Techniques
Open to the public
Please RSVP


Kevin Pyle, Airborne USA, 2001

Workshop Talk
Dr. Allan Antliff, UT Dallas Research Fellow

Pedagogical Subversion: The ‘Un-American’ Graphics of Kevin C. Pyle
At The O’Donnell Institute Research Center in The Dallas Museum of Art
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


Natalie J. Ring

Workshop Talk
Natalie J. Ring, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, School of Arts and Humanities, Associate Professor of History, University of Texas at Dallas

Painting on the Inside: Outsider Art in Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola
At UT Dallas, ATEC 2.705
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


Walu antelope mask, Mali: Dogon peoples, 20th century, wood and paint, 32 ¾ x 6 ¼ x 5 ¾ inches (left); Antelope mask, Burkina Faso: Bobo peoples, 20th century, wood and paint, 28 ¼ × 10 × 24 inches (right). From the James A. Ledbetter Collection. Images courtesy of The Dallas Museum of Art.

Collection Tour

Fellows’ visit to the collection of James Ledbetter
At private residence
By invitation only


Man Ray, War (AD MCMXIV), 1914

Workshop Talk
Dr. Allan Antliff, UT Dallas Research Fellow

The Unknown Man Ray: Anarchism, Formalism, Dada
At The O’Donnell Institute Research Center in The Dallas Museum of Art
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


DMA Ceremonial Entrance. Image: Courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art

Workshop Talk
Leslie Reid, UT Dallas Fellow

Edward Larrabee Barnes’ Dallas Museum of Art: An Architectural Tour
At the Visitor Services Desk in The Dallas Museum of Art

Tour has reached capacity and is currently closed.


The Richard Brettell Award in the Arts

Peter Walker, Landscape Architect and the First Recipient of the Richard Brettell Award in the Arts at The University of Texas at Dallas
Schedule of Events
Open to the public
Read more in The Dallas Morning News article here.


Emblem I. A Conversation. Conviction and persuasion are not called for in a dialogue. This discord may be fatal but it is not serious. The fingers point, the coffee is strong and hot, the skull session continues. (2015) (Monoprint, acrylic on paper, 22 x 27 inches).

Workshop Talk
Dr. Michael Corris, Professor of Art, Southern Methodist University

Leaving Skull City: The Afterlife of (Some) Conceptual Art
At The O’Donnell Institute Research Center in The Dallas Museum of Art
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


Galley of El Presidio Modelo (The Model Prison), photograph by Joseph Hartman, 2014

Workshop Talk
Dr. Joseph R. Hartman, UT Dallas Fellow

Cuba Incarcerated: The Historic Vision of Cuban Prison Architecture
At The O’Donnell Institute Research Center in The Dallas Museum of Art
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Dogs playing with birds in a park, 1754, oil on canvas. Promised gift to Dallas Museum of Art.

Fellows’ visit to the collection of Tom and Jeanne Campbell

By invitation


The Zurbaran paintings and other works hanging in Auckland Castle's Long Dining Room. Photo by Colin Davison. © Auckland Castle Trust/ Zurbarán Trust

Fellows’ visit to Zurbarán: Jacob and His Twelve Sons, Paintings from Auckland Castle

With Claire Barry, Director of Conservation at the Kimbell Museum of Art and Mark Roglán, Director of the Meadows Museum
At The Meadows Museum
By invitation


Diego Velázquez, The Immaculate Conception, 1618-19. National Gallery, London, oil on canvas, 135 x 101.6 cm, NG6424.

Workshop Talk
Rebecca Quinn Teresi, PhD Candidate, Johns Hopkins University

Immaculacy and (Im)Purity in the Spanish Baroque
At The O’Donnell Institute Research Center in The Dallas Museum of Art
Open to O’Donnell Institute/UT Dallas/DMA affiliates and other Dallas-Fort Worth art historians


Oil Lamp in the Form of a Fabulous Beast, Iran, 12th–13th century, bronze, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.496. Image Courtesy Dallas Museum of Art

Gallery Talk
Sabiha Al Khemir, Senior Advisor for Islamic Art, Dallas Museum of Art and the Distinguished Scholar of Islamic Art in Residence, The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History


Fellows’ visit to the Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery at the DMA
At The Dallas Museum of Art
By invitation