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Vanessa Davidson. Courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art.
Vanessa Davidson. Courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art.

Blanton Museum Names Vanessa Davidson Curator of Latin American Art

The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin has appointed Vanessa Davidson as its new curator of Latin American art. She comes to the institution from the Phoenix Art Museum, where she worked as curator of Latin American art for eight years, and succeeds Beverly Adams, who joined the staff of the Museum of Modern Art in New York earlier this month.

“A leading curator in the field, Vanessa brings a broad view of Latin American art histories, as well as an excellent record of exhibitions, scholarship, and publications to the Blanton,” museum director Simone Wicha said in a statement. “Building from the museum’s enduring leadership in the field, as curator of Latin American art Vanessa will continue to explore underexamined narratives, create dialogues between past and present, and shape the global conversation around art from Latin America.” 

During her tenure at th Phoenix Art Museum, Davidson organized thirteen exhibitions of work by major figures in Latin American art, who are also represented in the Blanton’s collection, including Carlos Amorales, Valeska Soares, Paulo Bruscky, Antonio Berni, and Rufino Tamayo, as well as several shows on the Spanish Americas. Previously, she held research, curatorial, and exhibition assistantships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Commenting on her new role, Davidson said: “I look forward to the opportunity to curate and develop the museum’s collection, to collaborate with its Latin American curatorial team, and to engage with the extensive UT Austin community of professors, scholars, and students to further understandings of Latin American art. My aim is to continue to participate in international dialogues about what art from this region is and can be, and also to involve more young scholars in such global conversations.”