City Life Org – SFMOMA Announces Appointment of Five New Directors

SFMOMA, view from Yerba Buena Gardens; photo Jon McNeal, © Snøhetta

Bill Fisher and Katie Rodan Join Museum Board; David Huffman, Tucker Nichols and Carrie Mae Weems elected artist directors

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announces the recent appointment of five new members to its Board of Trustees. David Huffman and Tucker Nichols were elected to the museum’s board of trustees at its September 2021 meeting; Bill Fisher was elected at its December 2021 meeting; and Katie Rodan and Carrie Mae Weems were elected at its March 2022 meeting. Huffman, Nichols and Weems will serve as the museum’s new artist trustees. Serving critical roles on the SFMOMA Board of Trustees, Artist Trustees represent the artist community and provide essential advice to the museum and its management.

The esteemed group of new directors brings a wide range of skills and experience to the board and a deep dedication to the arts, education and community involvement. A complete list of the SFMOMA Board of Directors is available at


David Huffman

Bay Area native artist David Huffman grew up in Berkeley and Oakland with a family active in the civil rights movement, including his mother who was a Black Panther Party artist. His paintings, which he calls “Social Abstraction,” are an amalgamation of the history of abstract painting, black culture, and science fiction.

SFMOMA holds two works by Huffman in its collection. The black hole and the uncertain journey of a traumatologist (2008) was acquired in 2014 as a purchase through the Membership Committee Fund and was featured in SFMOMA’s On the Go partnership with the African Diaspora Museum in 2015. In 2019, SFMOMA commissioned Huffman to create a major work, To go up, for the Chase Center, now permanently visible in its East Lobby. For this piece, Huffman used an earlier work, Double jump (2014), as a source of inspiration. In 2020, the museum acquired this source painting through a donation from Pat Wilson.

Huffman holds a BA and an MFA from California College of the Arts. He has exhibited widely locally and nationally, is in many public collections, and is represented by the Miles McEnery Gallery in New York.

Tucker Nichols

Marin County-based artist Tucker Nichols is best known for his drawings and paintings of colorful, whimsical flowers. In addition to his two-dimensional works, he also creates sculptures, books and performance-based projects.

SFMOMA has worked with Nichols for a long time. The media arts department first commissioned the exhibition Stage presence in 2012, and he was subsequently commissioned to create a project for the In Situ restaurant at SFMOMA in 2016. Nichols was one of seven artists featured in the 2021 exhibition Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, Nichols also collaborated with SFMOMA on a segment for Night of Ideas – an event presented in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library – which included 1,600 free screen prints distributed to anyone with a library card.

Nichols holds a BA in Art History from Brown University and an MA in East Asian Studies from Yale University. He has exhibited widely locally and nationally and is in many public collections as well as Benioff Children’s Hospital. He is represented by Gallery 16, San Francisco, and ZieherSmith, New York.

Bill Fisher

Bill Fisher is the CEO and founder of Manzanita Capital Ltd., a London-based private equity firm founded in 2001. He currently sits on the boards of Diptyque, Byredo and Space NK. Prior to this role, he spent 15 years at Gap Inc. where he founded and built Gap’s international division.

Fisher sits on the boards of Gap and Winmore. He is a director emeritus of the Exploratorium and also sits on the supervisory board of UCSF. He is a member of the Princeton Art Museum Advisory Council and sits on the executive committee of the Center Pompidou. Fisher and his wife Sako are longtime art collectors and advocates. Together they have been dedicated supporters of SFMOMA for the past decade.

Katie Rodan

Katie Rodan, MD, is the co-developer of the Proactiv skincare management system, launched in 1995, and beauty and skincare company Rodan + Fields, founded in 2002. She is a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine. , and maintains a private practice in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology in Oakland.

Avid supporters of SFMOMA, Rodan and her husband Amnon have served on several museum committees and auxiliaries and have long been collectors and enthusiasts of modern and contemporary art.

Rodan earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia and his MD from the University of Southern California School of Medicine. She completed her dermatology residency at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Carrie Mae Weems

Carrie Mae Weems has a long history with the Bay Area and SFMOMA. SFMOMA hosted her 1993 solo exhibition organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and she has nine works and four pledged gifts in the museum’s collection, the first of which was acquired in 1992.

Weems uses photography, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation and video in her impactful art practice, which frequently explores family relationships, race, class, gender, political systems and power structures.

Weems earned a BA from Cal Arts and an MFA from UC San Diego, where she met classmate and former SFMOMA administrator, the late and beloved Hung Liu, with whom she became friends. for life.

In 2013, Weems was named a MacArthur Fellow and received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Achievement Award. She has received several other awards, grants, and fellowships, including the Roma Prize and the National Endowment for the Arts Award, among others. Weems received one of the first Medals of the Arts from the U.S. State Department in recognition of his commitment to the State Department’s Art in Embassies program. She is currently artist-in-residence at Syracuse University and is represented by the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York and the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco.

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