Hanh Ho. Photo: Voyage Dallas.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Names Hanh Ho Curator

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona announced that it has appointed Hanh Ho, the owner of Cydonia Gallery in Texas, as curator. She will take up the post on January 1 but will begin working remotely for the museum prior to her official start date. Ho succeeds Jennifer McCabe, who became the acting director of the institution following director and chief curator Sara Cochran’s departure from the museum in April. Cochran had been at the helm of the institution since January 2016.

Commenting on her trajectory in the arts, Ho told Voyage Dallas in June that she has spent the last seventeen years studying art and working in the cultural sector in some capacity. She opened Cydonia Gallery in 2014 with a show on contemporary masculinity that featured work by nine international artists. Ho established the gallery in Dallas but moved it to Fort Worth and then Oak Cliff. In Oak Cliff she accepted a residency at the historic Texas Theater. “Our mission has evolved somewhat, but our focus was always to introduce emerging, international, concept-centered art programming and dialogues to the region,” she said. Ho said the gallery is proud to have presented work by female artists in 71 percent of its programming.

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, founded in 1999, mounts nine to twelve exhibitions of art, architecture, and design each year. It is overseen by the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts, which also manages the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Public Art.