SF’s Fine Arts Museums Hires New Curator for a New Job

Claudia Schmuckli will be become the Curator-in-Charge of Contemporary Art and Programming for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Claudia Schmuckli will be become the Curator-in-Charge of Contemporary Art and Programming for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (Photo: Courtesy of Blaffer Museum Houston, TX)

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.

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley's School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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