Maxwell Anderson has been named director of the Dallas Museum of Art, effective Jan. 9, 2012. Anderson was director of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York from 1998 to 2003 and, since 2006, has been head of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where he increased the endowment by $30 million, doubled attendance to 450,000 and oversaw the opening, in 2010, of the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park.
Anderson is an active leader in the field, advocating for sustainable practices in museums—including adjusting standards for climate control—and for issues like passing the artists’ fair tax deduction bill. His greening initiatives at the IMA have included implementing an extensive recycling program, installing a green roof over a new subterranean parking garage and a rain garden to catch runoff. Such steps earned the IMA certification from the EPA’s Energy Star program.
In order to generate more revenue, he also launched innovative programs such as IMA Lab, a consulting arm that has garnered over $500,000 in its first year. In Dallas, he replaces Bonnie Pitman, who stepped down in June, after 10 years, for health reasons. During her tenure, in 2005, a group of Dallas collectors and museum patrons—board chair Deedie Rose and her husband Dusty, trustee Marguerite Hoffman and her husband Robert, and trustee Cindy Rachofsky and her husband Howard—gave the DMA an unprecedented gift of 800 works of modern and contemporary art.