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Claudia Schmuckli Named Curator in Charge of Contemporary Art at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco has announced that Claudia Schmuckli, director and chief curator of the University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum, will join the institution on September 1 as curator in charge of contemporary art and programming.

“Widening our contemporary perspective is among several priorities for the museums,” director Max Hollein said. “Given Claudia’s long experience in a variety of museum environments and her pioneering expertise in the contemporary field, she is a perfect match.”

Schmuckli has led the Blaffer Art Museum since 2009. She originally started at the institution in 2004 as director of public relations and membership and was appointed curator in 2006. Among the numerous exhibitions she organized at the museum are “Analia Saban” (2016), “Slavs and Tatars: Mirrors for Princes” (2016), “Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler: Sound Speed Marker” (2015), “Candice Breitz: The Woods” (2014), “Tony Feher” (2012), and “Gabriel Kuri: Nobody Needs to Know the Price of Your Saab” (2010). She previously worked as an assistant curator at MoMA from 1999 to 2003 and served as a curatorial assistant at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from 1997 to 1999. Schmuckli earned her master’s degree in art history from Munich’s Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität.