In her first yr on the job as director of the Berkeley Artwork Museum and Pacific Movie Archive (BAMPFA), Julie Rodrigues Widholm has made three senior-level workers hires throughout completely different departments. At this time, she is saying a fourth: Christina Yang as her new chief curator.
Yang is at the moment the deputy director of engagement and curator of schooling on the Williams Faculty Museum of Artwork in Massachusetts and was beforehand the director of public programmes on the Guggenheim Museum in New York for 14 years, overseeing artists’ commissions, movie screenings, scholarly symposia and different occasions. Earlier than that, she served because the media director and visible artwork curator on the Kitchen, the experimental artwork and efficiency area in downtown New York.
“Her interdisciplinary background was very thrilling to me as effectively the truth that she’s been a curator of exhibitions and curator of public programmes, most not too long ago on the Williams Faculty Museum of Artwork, one of many premiere educational museums within the nation,” mentioned Rodrigues Widholm. “I feel her public programming background is an asset in serious about learn how to put audiences on the forefront of what we’re doing.”
Rodrigues Widholm famous that Yang has strengths in a few of BAMPFA’s core areas, like conceptual artwork, new media and efficiency. She additionally mentioned the rent displays the museum’s dedication to seeing artwork “by way of a lens that’s intersectional, interdisciplinary and intergenerational”.
The museum’s earlier director, Larry Rinder, had assumed chief curator duties himself, however the college decided the roles ought to be separated earlier than hiring Rodrigues Widholm in 2020. She mentioned she performed the search this yr with the assistance of an inhouse group generally known as Berkeley Government Search and “forged a large internet”, interviewing 24 candidates by telephone.
Rodrigues Widholm has additionally been busy filling different jobs, vacated for various causes. She appointed Justin Glasson, who led the Hammer Museum’s latest capital marketing campaign, as director of growth. She employed Aimée Goggins, beforehand at College of California Press, as head of promoting and communications. And she or he named John Alexander, from New York’s Morgan Library & Museum, as director of collections and exhibitions.
Yang is predicted to begin work in her new place on 1 November. Her transfer to the Bay Space will probably be one thing of a homecoming, as she spent her teenage years within the South Bay, studied at Berkeley—and as soon as had an internship at BAMPFA.