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Rochelle Steiner. Courtesy of Palm Springs Art Museum.

Palm Springs Art Museum Appoints Rochelle Steiner as Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs and Programs

Rochelle Steiner has been hired as chief curator and director of curatorial affairs and programs at California’s Palm Springs Art Museum. She comes to the institution from the Vancouver Art Gallery, where she served as associate director and chief curator. During her tenure at the gallery, Steiner collaborated with the National Gallery in London to present Cindy Sherman’s first retrospective in Canada in more than two decades and published a book on the museum’s rich collection of works by the modernist Emily Carr.

Previously, Steiner was a tenured professor and the dean of the Roski School of Art & Design at the University of Southern California. She also helmed the Public Art Fund in New York, where she organized projects with artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Sarah Morris, Nancy Rubins, and Sarah Sze, and was chief curator at the Serpentine Gallery in London, where she curated exhibitions of work by Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Takashi Murakami, Gabriel Orozco, and Tomoko Takahasi, among others.

“I have followed Rochelle’s career ever since we met in 1994,” said the executive director and CEO of the museum, Louis Grachos. “Her intimate familiarity with the Southern California art scene, wide range of relationships in the global contemporary art community, and exceptional organizational skills will lead our curatorial and education departments in ever more dynamic and engaging directions.” Steiner will take up the post on September 3.

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