Lily Siegel Appointed Associate Curator of The Contemporary Jewish Museum

Lily Siegel Appointed Associate Curator of The Contemporary Jewish Museum

Lily SiegelSan Francisco, CA, August 23, 2013—The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) 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 High’s presentation of Rashid Johnson:  Message to Our Folks. For this exhibition, she re-imagined the High’s mobile app, ArtClix, as a music player by selecting seven tracks that are referenced in Johnson’s 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 Artist’s Museum; Dennis Hopper’s 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 BA 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.”

About The Contemporary Jewish Museum

With the opening of its new building on June 8, 2008, The Contemporary Jewish Museum ushered in a new chapter in its twenty-plus year history of engaging audiences and artists in exploring contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. The facility, designed by internationally renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, is a lively center where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather to experience art, share diverse perspectives, and engage in hands-on activities. Inspired by the Hebrew phrase “L’Chaim” (To Life), the building is a physical embodiment of The CJM’s mission to bring together tradition and innovation in an exploration of the Jewish experience in the twenty-first century.

Major support for The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s exhibitions and Jewish Peoplehood Programs comes from the Koret Foundation. The Museum also thanks the Jim Joseph Foundation for its major support of innovative strategies for educating and engaging audiences in Jewish learning. Additional major support is provided by an Anonymous Donor; Alyse and Nathan Mason Brill; The Covenant Foundation; Suzanne and Elliott Felson; Gaia Fund; Denise Garone and Stuart A. Kogod; The John & Marcia Goldman Foundation;  The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Walter and Elise Haas Fund; Institute of Museum and Library Services; the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties; Maribelle and Stephen Leavitt; Nellie and Max Levchin; the Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund; Osterweis Capital Management; Alison Gelb Pincus and Mark Pincus; The Skirball Foundation; Ruth and Alan Stein; Roselyne Chroman Swig; Target; and Anita and Ronald Wornick.

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