Gavin Delahunty, the senior curator of contemporary art at the Dallas Museum of Art, resigned on Saturday, November 18. In a statement released by the museum, Delahunty said: “Today I am announcing my resignation as the Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, effective immediately. I am aware of allegations regarding my inappropriate behavior, and I do not want them to be a distraction to the Museum or to my colleagues. I offer my deepest apologies to those who have been affected by my behavior. I will be taking this time to spend with my family.”
Commenting on Delahunty and his abrupt departure, former museum director Maxwell Anderson, who led the institution from 2012 to 2015, told the Dallas Morning News that “Gavin elevated the DMA’s stature in the art world considerably, and his departure will be a great loss. But in the end it’s how we live our lives that matters most, and he now has to address that.”
Before Delahunty joined the museum in 2014, he served as the head of exhibitions and displays at Tate Liverpool from 2010 to 2014. During his tenure at the Dallas Museum, he spearheaded the exhibition “Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots” (2015–16) and organized “Truth: 24 Frames Per Second,” which is on view until January 28, 2018.