by Photo Courtesy of San Diego Museum of Art

The San Diego Museum of Art appointed a new member to its curation team at the Balboa Park Venue to advise on acquisitions and conduct research. 

Rachel Jans joined on Dec.1, 2022, as an associate curator of modern and contemporary art, carrying more than 10 years of experience. She is tasked with curating exhibitions, advising on acquisitions, and conducting research for all current and contemporary art at the Museum. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Rachel to The San Diego Museum of Art and believe that she will play a critical role in continuing to provide visitors with a cultural and thought-provoking experience at the Museum,” said Roxana Velásquez, Maruja Baldwin Executive Director and CEO at The San Diego Museum of Art. “Her extensive experience in German Expressionism and Art of the Americas will be a great complement to the collection and our curatorial team.”

Jans previously worked at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art contributing to the museum’s outdoor sculpture program and artists' commissions and working closely with the collection of American and German art. 

She has lectured at institutions around the world including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Tate Modern, in London. She has contributed essays to major catalogs from institutions including SFMOMA, Tate Modern, the Block Museum of Art, and Northwestern University. 

“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to bring my passion for the arts to one of the region’s largest and most visited institutions,” Jans said. “I look forward to continuing to explore the ways contemporary artists draw on the past to challenge the present in my work at the San Diego Museum of Art.”

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