22-26 June, Janet Bishop

Janet Bishop
Curator San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), United States of America

As curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Janet Bishop has organized many special exhibitions and presentations of SFMOMA’s 20th– and 21st-century collection, and has published and lectured widely. She was one of the lead curators for The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde — an award-winning exhibition that premiered at SFMOMA in 2011 and then traveled to the Grand Palais in Paris, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Her other exhibitions of special note include 75 Years of Looking Forward: The Anniversary Show, a major reinstallation of the museum’s collection organized with Corey Keller and Sarah Roberts; Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective, the first complete survey of the California realist’s paintings and drawings; and Present Tense: Nine Artists in the Nineties, with Gary Garrels and John Weber.

While SFMOMA is undergoing expansion construction, Janet is overseeing its off-site exhibition program, which presents exhibitions in both traditional and non-traditional venues throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Janet has played a curatorial role in several “SFMOMA On the Go” exhibitions, including Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art (Contemporary Jewish Museum, 2013); Matisse from SFMOMA (Legion of Honor, 2013-14); Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art (Cantor Arts Center, Stanford, 2013-14); Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley (downtown Los Altos, 2013-14); and Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California (Oakland Museum of California, through April 22, 2015).

One of Janet’s primary areas of focus has been contemporary Bay Area art. Primarily through SFMOMA’s SECA Art Award program, she has organized exhibitions with artists including Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, Rosana Castrillo Diaz, Josephine Taylor, Simon Evans, Will Rogan, Mitzi Pederson, and many others.

Janet is currently at work on two special exhibitions slated for SFMOMA’s newly expanded facility: Matisse/Diebenkorn, an exhibition co-organized with The Baltimore Museum of Art that will explore the influence of Henri Matisse on Richard Diebenkorn, and a retrospective of the work of David Park.

Janet was born and raised on the Peninsula. She received her B.A. in art history and psychology from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, in 1985 and her M.A. in art history from Columbia University, New York, New York, in 1988. Her first museum job was at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell. She currently serves on the Johnson Museum’s Advisory Council.