Grantee in the News | Feb 2022

SFMOMA announces new director

Originally published in The New York Times

Exactly a year after longtime director Neal Benezra stepped down from his role, SFMOMA has named Christopher Bedford, formerly of the Baltimore Museum of Art, as its new director.

Bedford, who will start in June, has championed diversity through acquisitions to the collection and salary increases during his tenure in Baltimore. He made the controversial decision in 2020 to sell three major works to diversify its collection, but reversed himself in response to complaints from former Baltimore Museum trustees and community members. In 2019, he announced that for a year, the museum would only acquire work by women artists.