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Vivian Li. Photo: Steve Briggs. Courtesy of the Dallas Museum of Art.
Vivian Li. Photo: Steve Briggs. Courtesy of the Dallas Museum of Art.

Vivian Li Joins Dallas Museum of Art as Contemporary Art Curator

Vivian Li has been appointed the curator of contemporary art at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA). Li most recently served as associate curator of Asian art and global contemporary art at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts. In her new role, she will work closely with senior curator of contemporary art Anna Katherine Brodbeck. Li will assume her responsibilities on October 7.

“Just as we recently created new curatorial roles in Islamic and Latin American art to support and further strengthen these areas of our collection, we are pleased to strengthen our curatorial expertise in contemporary art with Vivian’s appointment,” DMA director Agustín Arteaga said in a statement. “With her engagement in both contemporary and Asian art across periods, she is poised to enhance and bring a new dimension to the study and presentation of the DMA’s contemporary art collection, which has particularly outstanding holdings of postwar Japanese art.”

A scholar of East Asian art, Li previously worked as adjunct assistant curator and curatorial assistant of Asian art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where she helped organize the opening of its first Korean art gallery and was involved in the reinstallation of its Asian art galleries. She has also served as a lecturer in the history of art department at Clark University, Worcester.

Commenting on her appointment, Li said: “I look forward to working with the extraordinary encyclopedic collection at the DMA as well as the dynamic communities and art and cultural partners in Dallas. The collection’s unique international scope in postwar and contemporary art will allow us to tell an inclusive and provocative story of art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.”