Dallas museum curator resigns, cites ‘inappropriate behavior’

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DALLAS (AP) – A curator at the Dallas Museum of Art has resigned, saying he was aware of allegations against him regarding “inappropriate behavior.”

Gavin Delahunty had been the museum’s senior curator of contemporary art since 2014. He issued a statement Saturday announcing his immediate resignation.

He didn’t elaborate on the alleged behavior that prompted his departure and said he didn’t want the allegations to be a distraction to the museum. But he offered his “deepest apologies to those who have been affected by my behavior.”

The museum said it couldn’t disclose information regarding personnel matters.

Delahunty came to Dallas from Tate Liverpool in England, where he was head of exhibitions and displays. While in Dallas, Delahunty curated a noted exhibit of works by Jackson Pollock.

From 2007 through 2010, he served as curator at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima). He has worked for several important institutions over the course of his career, including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Project Arts Centre, and Modern Art Oxford. Delahunty holds a Master of Arts degree in Criticism, Visual Arts Practices from the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dublin; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art, Print from Crawford College of Art & Design in Cork, Ireland.


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