Clément Chéroux has been appointed senior curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the museum announced today. Chéroux will begin his tenure at SFMOMA in early 2017. He succeeds Sandra Phillips, who after a thirty-year career with SFMOMA, will assume the newly created role of Emeritus Curator as of July 1, 2016. (Click here to read PDN‘s recent interview with Phillips, in which she discusses her new role, as well as the museum’s growing investment in photography.) Ruth Berson, deputy museum director of curatorial affairs, will serve as interim department director.
Currently the Chief Curator of the Department of Photography at the Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Chéroux will supervise SFMOMA’s photography exhibitions, acquisition program, publications, scholarship and management of the museum’s Department of Photography, which includes the Pritzker Center for Photography, the largest space permanently devoted to the medium in the United States.
“Clément brings deep expertise in the realm of modern and contemporary photography from curation to scholarship and publication, as well as a uniquely global perspective that will build on the remarkable legacy of Sandy Phillips and our innovative photography team,” Berson said in a statement.
The museum has also announced a major photography gift from collectors Lisa and John Pritzker. The gift includes 78 photographic works by 25 artists with images ranging from documentary and experimental, and from the single print to the unique artist’s book, according to SFMOMA. It includes works from André Kertész, Vito Acconci, Dieter Appelt, William Wegman, Lee Friedlander, Philip Lorca diCorcia, Paul Graham and Garry Winogrand, among others.
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