The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) announced Wednesday that Claudia Schmuckli will be become its Curator-in-Charge of Contemporary Art and Programming.
Schmuckli comes to this newly created position in San Francisco from her post as Director and Chief Curator at the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston in Texas.
Max Hollein, the recently appointed director of FAMSF, says while the two museums of FAMSF, the de Young and the Legion of Honor, are not modern art museums, he created the new post so someone would be creating “cutting edge programming in video and live performance.”
“Claudia seemed the ideal candidate because of her vast experience in contemporary art,” Hollein said, “And someone with a good eye as a curator, but also a good administrator.”
Schmuckli will start her new job on Sept. 1, and Hollein says museum visitors “will see her impact fairly quickly, with new programming and site specific works.”
Schmuckli has been Director and Chief Curator at the Blaffer Art Museum since 2009, joining the staff there as director of public relations and membership in 2004.