Artistic Director Abby Chen to Lead Contemporary Art at the Asian Art Museum
December 13, 2018, San Francisco, CA – The Chinese Culture Center and Foundation (CCC) is proud to announce after 12 groundbreaking years as CCC’s Artistic Director and Curator, Abby Chen will be stepping into a newly created position at the Asian Art Museum as their Head of Contemporary Art Department on January 7, 2019. Broadening her risk-taking and transformative work at CCC, she will build the museum’s contemporary art programming and partnerships with national and international artists.
Abby’s over-a-decade tenure signaled an important shift for the organization, as CCC envisioned a narrative to communicate the humanity of the community, challenge stereotypes, and break boundaries. Her leadership created a bold framework for CCC’s newly articulated mission in elevating underserved communities through the institutional strategy of “Museum Without Walls,” and giving voice for equality, with XianRui, Present Tense, Episode, and WOMEN我們. Each program redefines the complexities of diasporic voices through the exploration of paradigm shifts.
“We applaud Abby’s visionary leadership that has taken CCC’s curatorial vision and brand to new heights. Her longstanding commitment has cemented CCC’s footprint on the cultural field,” says Cecilia Sze, board chair of CCC. “Together, we have created spaces for contemporary artistic voices, to drive innovative dialogue, and tell the untold stories.” The Asian Art Museum’s hiring of Abby signals the important role CCC has in nurturing diverse cultural leadership and pushing the boundaries of the creative movement.
Over the past years, CCC’s strategic planning has included incubating new leadership to continue this forward trajectory. As part of this, Hoi Leung, Assistant Curator will be promoted to Curator. Hoi in her time at CCC has already successfully reimagined WOMEN我們, built new national and international relationships for the XianRui Symposium and Infinite Cycle, a global conversation on climate change. CCC is excited about the fresh energy and talent she brings to the cultural sphere and confident in her ability to program relevant and thought-provoking art. CCC will continue to invest in new arts leadership as part of its strategy. “I am deeply grateful for what we have accomplished together,” says Abby Chen. “I see huge potential and talent in Hoi, and am so pleased to see her taking on this important role.”
CCC takes great pride in being at the forefront of risk-taking models, and building a bold and diverse artistic movement. CCC envisions a stronger cultural landscape for the Bay Area and more inter-institutional collaborations. CCC enthusiastically congratulates Abby on this new chapter.
Please contact Jenny Leung, Director of Communications and Resources, or Joshua Gu, Communications Associate, for further questions and information.
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