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Performance Studies Ph.D. Candidate Christina Yang has been appointed Chief Curator of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
BAMPFA announced yesterday the appointment of Christina Yang as the museum’s next chief curator. Yang brings to BAMPFA nearly thirty years of experience as a curator, scholar, administrator and educator, most recently at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA), where she is currently Deputy Director of Engagement and Curator of Education, after a fourteen-year tenure at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. She previously held positions at The Kitchen and the Queens Museum.
In his new role at BAMPFA, Yang will head the art conservation department of Berkeley’s premier visual arts venue, which annually hosts more than fifteen exhibitions drawn in part from the museum’s 28,000-artwork collection, internationally famous. As Chief Curator, Yang will oversee all aspects of BAMPFA’s exhibition program, working closely with senior management to shape the museum’s long-term artistic vision. The appointment marks Yang’s return to her alma mater at UC Berkeley, where she studied history and art history and interned at BAMPFA as an undergraduate student.
“The responsibility to be conservative has never been more urgent. Whether it’s rethinking collections, ensuring fairness at work, or diversifying all levels of relationships, the care of art has a vital impact on our daily lives, ”said Yang. “From my own college and internship days, I have long been inspired by BAMPFA as a transformative learning site. Attending artist lectures and avant-garde film screenings for the first time while learning firsthand about the memorable collections of Chinese paintings, Old Masters and Abstract Expressionists at the University Art Museum (now BAMPFA) a catalyzed my imagination towards the possibilities of a life in the arts. As an intern working with Sidra Stich, the power of finding and caring for objects solidified my aspiration to become a curator of modern and contemporary art. I am delighted to join this illustrious institution and its talented team as Chief Curator under the leadership of Julie Rodrigues Widholm. Returning to a setting like BAMPFA within the vibrant communities of UC Berkeley and the Bay Area embodies my career goal of creating unique collections to inspire diverse generations of students, to activate a pedagogy for creative action. and to work with living artists to create spaces of citizenship. belonging.”