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Berkeley Art Museum hires curator known for new ideas


Just after opening an impressive new collection of contemporary feminist art, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive hired a chief curator to lead its campaign to develop new, forward-looking projects and exhibitions.

And they found someone who is no stranger to the museum: Christina Yang, who studied history and art history as an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley and did a internship at BAMPFA. Since then, she has accumulated over thirty years of experience in the fine arts as a curator, scholar, administrator and teacher.

She was most recently Assistant Director of Engagement and Curator of Education at the Williams College Museum of Art in Massachusetts, and prior to that she worked for 14 years as Director of Public Programs at the renowned Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. from New York. She has also worked at the Queens Museum as well as The Kitchen, an influential multidisciplinary art / performance space founded in New York City in the early 1970s to spotlight emerging artists and artistic genres.

Yang’s career has been guided by his interest in bringing to light new voices and ideas in art, and expanding the impact of a museum by pairing exhibitions with programs designed to engage the surrounding community. While at Williams College, Yang organized the museum’s participation in “Resist COVID / Take 6!” , A public health campaign created by artist Carrie Mae Weems to draw attention to the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on people of color and marginalized communities.

“The responsibility of being a conservative has never been more urgent,” Yang said. “From the overhaul of collections to fairness in the workplace through the diversification of all levels of relationships, the care of art has an essential impact on our daily life. “

“Christina has stood out among an impressive pool of applicants as a creative thinker who shares our passion for dynamic and socially relevant artistic programming that has a lasting impact outside of museum spaces,” said BAMPFA Director Julie Rodrigues Widholm. “We were particularly impressed with Christina’s deep understanding of the unique role that university art museums play as engines of scholarship, artistic experimentation and gradual change….”

Yang added that being back at Berkeley “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 civic affiliation “.