Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, who has held directorships at Seattle’s Frye Art Museum, the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich, and the Vancouver Art Gallery, has now been named the CEO and director for the upcoming Biennale of Sydney. “The selection committee unanimously agreed that Jo-Anne’s leadership skills and experience in directing large-scale international exhibitions and cross-disciplinary curatorial teams will be a tremendous asset to the Biennale of Sydney as it expands its domestic and international presence, strengthens its curatorial voice and builds commissioning partnerships nationally and internationally,” said Kate Mills, the Biennale’s chair.
Birnie Danzker has organized numerous exhibitions. While at the Frye, she aided in putting together “Young Blood: Noah Davis, Kahlil Joseph, The Underground Museum,” curated by artist Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, “Genius / 21 Century / Seattle,” and “Mw [Moment Magnitude].” At the Museum Villa Stuck, she was the exhibition director for “The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945–1994,” curated by Okwui Enwezor. And on May 14, 2017, the trustees of the Cornish College of the Arts Seattle will confer on her the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa.
The twenty-first Biennale of Sydney is scheduled to run from March 16, 2018 until June 11, 2018.