The beginning of a New Year always feels so invigorating, new goals, new challenges and new adventures. For me, I’m super excited about two projects that I care about, both involving art and philanthropy—the Dallas Contemporary and MTV RE:DEFINE.
My friend Joyce Goss executive director of the Goss-Michael Foundation and her brother-in-law co-founder Kenny Goss (co-founded with the late George Michael), last year asked if I would chair my favourite gala MTV RE:DEFINE! More to come on this topic, but needless to say, I emphatically agreed and since then I’ve been working with Joyce and the MTV RE:DEFINE team towards developing a fantastic event on Friday, March 24, at the Dallas Contemporary, so save the date.
As a member of the board for seven years, I’ve witnessed the Dallas Contemporary, an art institution that I love, change dramatically. From the leadership of the previous executive director Joan Davidow, whom I adore, to include a move from the old Swiss Avenue space to the Glass Street locale in the Design District in 2009, and grow under the tenure of executive director Peter Doroshenko since 2010.
A non-collecting museum presenting regional, national and international artists, the Dallas Contemporary has showcased artists such as fashion photographers Bruce Weber currently on exhibition, Inez Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and Mario Testino, Belgian fashion designer Walter Van Beirendock, most recently Pedro Reyes from Mexico, fashion designer-turned-artist Helmut Lang, American post-conceptual artist Rob Pruitt, Richard Phillips, Dan Colen, Nate Lowman, Piotr Uklanski, and Texas-based artists such as John Pomara, Josephine Durkin and Jason Willaford, to name only a few from the last six years.
Last fall, Peter Doroshenko executive director of the Dallas Contemporary asked if I would consider the role of board president, following in the footsteps of my board peers Mark Giambrone, and Muffin Lemak and Shelby Wagner—all provided incredible leadership and support, so I have big shoes to fill. My eighth year on the board will begin my two-year term in this leadership role, a role I am honoured and thrilled to perform. Happy New Year, and forewarning, I will be sharing more details on all of the above!