Eungie Joo

Eungie Joo Appointed SFMoMA’s First Curator of Contemporary Art

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) has appointed Eungie Joo as the museum’s first curator of contemporary art. She will begin her new post next month. Joo most recently served as the artistic director of the Fifth Anyang Public Art Project/APAP 5 in Anyang, Korea.

“Eungie’s arrival signals a deepening of SFMoMA’s commitment to contemporary art. Her international experience in Asia, the Middle East, South America and beyond positions her to convene important conversations and create innovative projects that will help define the art of our time in the broadest sense,” said Ruth Berson, deputy museum director of curatorial affairs at SFMoMA. “We look forward to seeing how her leadership in the field and the support of our community will help keep SFMoMA at the forefront of this dynamic field.”

Joo was the curator of Sharjah Biennial 12, titled “The past, the present, the possible,” and noted by Helen Molesworth as one of the best exhibitions of 2015. She also previously served as the Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs at the New Museum in New York from 2007 to 2012, where she spearheaded the “Museum as Hub” initiative and curated the 2012 Triennial, “The Ungovernables.” In 2009, she was commissioner for the Korean Pavilion at the Fifty Third Venice Biennale. After her tenure at the New Museum, she became director of art and cultural programs at Instituto Inhotim in Brazil from 2012 to 2014. Joo was a guest curator of “SUPERFLEX/RESUME” (2013–2014) as part of the collective’s retrospective at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, and she was also the founding director and curator of the Gallery at REDCAT in Los Angeles, working there from 2003 to 2007.

Joo received the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement in 2006. In addition to her work as a curator, she is editor of Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education (2011), published by Routledge, and coeditor of Art Spaces Directory (2012), copublished by ArtAsiaPacific and the New Museum. Joo received her doctorate from the department of ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley.