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After months of closures due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, galleries

and institutions are reopening with not only refreshed events calendars and safety precautions, but also a renewed social mission.

 This comes after months of a national reckoning with historic racial disenfranchisement that has spilled into the streets and reached into museums across the country.

From SFMoMA to the Guggenheim, chief curators, directors, and board members have had to answer to allegations from employees and colleagues of cultural mismanagement and racial discrimination.

As calls for reform grow to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the staff and collections of museums, institutions are being tasked to reflect upon their roles in society and “meet the moment.”

Prior to the current urgency for museums to address these issues with tangible change and plans of action,

the Dallas Museum of Art had already begun expanding its strong community-focused programming and consciously building upon its team leadership.

Just before the shelter-in-place mandate in March, the museum appointed Vivian Crockett as the Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art.

With Vivian Li joining as the Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art

and the promotion of Anna Katherine Brodbeck to lead the department as Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art,

the DMA has brought together a dynamic curatorial team unlike any previously seen at the museum.

Crockett brings expertise in contemporary art with a specialization in art of the African and Latinx diasporas and the Americas. She has served as a research fellow at the Museum of Modern Art,

New York and has extensive ties to the city, including the Whitney Museum of American Art,

where she is a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow, and Columbia University, where she is currently finishing her dissertation as a PhD candidate in art history.

Although her research includes queer studies, new media, and performance, Crockett’s love of painting was her entry point into art.

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