Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco Announces Key Hires, Inaugural Programs

The Institute of Contemporary Art in San Francisco (ICA SF), a new non-collective art museum due to open in summer 2022, has announced four employees in key positions and revealed plans for its inaugural exhibition. Located in the city’s trendy Dogpatch neighborhood and occupying an 11,000 square foot renovated 1940’s brick building that was once home to a paint company, the museum will begin welcoming the public in January with a three-month series of pop-up exhibitions by Bay Artists ahead of its official opening in September with a major exhibition of Choctaw-Cherokee artist Jeffrey Gibson.

Under the management of Alison Gass, former director of the unrelated Institute of Contemporary Art San Jose and former director of the Museum of Intelligent Art at the University of Chicago, ICA SF is committed to paying its employees commensurate with the high cost of the Bay Area. living. Gass is also fully aware that those who enter the museum profession are usually expected to have advanced degrees and follow a distinguished path through the art world. Such expectations preclude an empirically diverse workforce. “We specifically excluded educational requirements and specific years of museum experience from our job descriptions,” said Gass. art newspaper.

Among Gas’s new hires to help run the museum is Kristin Kubis, a former colleague in San Jose. Koppes, who does not hold a master’s degree but is well versed in the local art scene, will act as curator and curatorial director. Rene Silla Villasinor, who previously organized public programs at the Museums of Fine Arts in San Francisco, will bring this experience to bear in her new role as Curatorial and Programming Coordinator. Jonathan Carver Moore, formerly of the Rosenberg Foundation, which seeks to help members of California’s communities of color obtain justice, will be director of donor relations, partnerships and programming, while Suzette Lee, who has worked on digital storytelling for food-delivery service postal buddies and in Creative Department With artist and tattoo artist Christopher Martin, he will assume the role of Creative Director.

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