Special “Eye” to Watch
June Mattingly // contributing art writer

Peter Doroshenko
the new face at the Dallas Contemporary

The background of the new face at the Dallas Contemporary, Peter Doroshenko ensures his
audience/supporters in preforming his directorial/curatorial responsibilities he is destined to
shine fresh light on the cutting-edge contemporary world in Dallas. In the education department,
Doroshenko completed the Independent Study Program at the Whitney and graduate studies
at the Chicago Art Institute. His international reputation rests on heading museums from Kiev to
Ghent to being curator of the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston for four years in the early 90s.  
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This non-profit museum’s wisely chosen base on Riverfront (formerly Industrial Blvd) adds even
more to the glamour of this on-the-verge of the established Dallas contemporary museum
icon.  Within a two-mile radius rest a substantial group of galleries according to Erin Cluley,
the new capable coordinator of exhibitions at the Contemporary could one day develop into
“Dallas’ conceivable vision of New York’s Chelsea.” The neighborhood referred to is one block
south of Oak Lawn on the edge of the Design District. The warehouses in this part of
town, conveniently close to downtown, represent reasonable real estate values, thus are
converted into residential loft living and/or museums.
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Also, Patrick Collins, the Board President-elect, a friend of mine, through his love and knowledge
of contemporary art doings all around us is perfect for this position. Thanks to his diligence and
determination and that of his predecessors and co-organizers, the Contemporary reports a
membership of 35,000.    

The Contemporary’s future is as wide as the state of Texas and sky high. What is equally exciting
besides the new leadership is their new home. The architectural amenities and improvements in
the Contemporary’s 37,000 square feet, within a very large former 1950’s industrial building is in
the capable hands of Edward Baum, retired dean of the School of Architecture at the
University of Texas.
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