SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- The Contemporary Jewish Museum
announces the appointment of Lily Siegel as Associate Curator. Siegel will begin in her new role October 1, 2013.
Siegel comes to The CJM from the High Museum of Art, Atlanta where she has served as Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art since October 2012. She recently organized the Highs presentation of Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks. For this exhibition, she re-imagined the Highs mobile app, ArtClix, as a music player by selecting seven tracks that are referenced in Johnsons work for streaming on visitors personal mobile devices while viewing the exhibition.
In her new position at The CJM, Siegel will work with Executive Director Lori Starr and the curatorial team to develop original exhibitions, oversee touring exhibitions, initiate and manage artist commissions and special Museum projects, and to foster institutional partnerships in the Bay Area and beyond.
We are thrilled to welcome Lily to The CJM, says Starr. With her experience and ambition, she is the perfect addition to a dynamic curatorial team that will oversee a new phase of growth and programmatic expansion at The Museum.
Before the High Museum of Art, Siegel served for over four years in various curatorial positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), first as Curatorial Assistant and then as Curatorial Associate. She worked on a wide range of exhibitions including Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective; William Leavitt: Theater Objects; Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974; The Artists Museum; Dennis Hoppers Double Standard; and George Herms: Xenophilia (Love of the Unknown).
Siegel has also done a variety of independent curatorial projects and has published several articles in the field of contemporary art. She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received her Master of Arts focusing on Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism. She wrote her thesis on The Lowrider and Other Extremes: Lowrider Aesthetic as Defiant Bravado. Siegel received her B.A. in Visual Arts: History and Criticism from the University of California, San Diego.
Siegel has just been awarded a Warhol Foundation for the Arts Curatorial Fellowship to study the work of the late artist Moira Dryer and was the recipient in 2011 of the NextGen Arts Professional Development Grant.
I am so excited to be joining the great team at The CJM at this time of growth and re-visioning, says Siegel. As a Curator of contemporary art, I hope to present exhibitions that invite the viewer to be inquisitive and to challenge assumptions along with me. I align much of my approach to my understanding of what it means to be culturally Jewish; knowledge is something that is best gained through dialogue.