SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has announced the election of leading contemporary American artist Ed Ruscha to its Board of Trustees. Ruscha joins the Board at the recommendation of SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra and becomes the fourth artist to serve as counsel to museum leadership from the artist’s perspective. Artists who have previously served on the Board include designer Yves Béhar (2010 to 2013), photographer Larry Sultan (2009 until his death later that year), and painter Robert Bechtle (2006 to 2009). SFMOMA maintains one board seat for artists—who are elected for a fixed term of three years and recommended by the director—to represent key areas of museum programming as well as the wider artist community.
“SFMOMA hosted Ed Ruscha’s first major museum retrospective in 1982 and we now hold his work in great depth,” says Benezra. “Given his long history with SFMOMA and his exceptional knowledge of and great influence in the art world, his input will be invaluable as we dramatically expand to become an international showcase for the best in contemporary culture.”