San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) has chosen a new curator of visual art, Betti-Sue Hertz. Hertz comes to YBCA from a position as curator of contemporary art at the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA). At SDMA Hertz was responsible for a range of exhibitions including Animated Painting (2007), Past in Reverse: Contemporary Art of East Asia (2004) and Axis Mexico: Common Objects and Cosmopolitan Actions (2002).
Before relocating to San Diego, Hertz was a curator and arts activist in New York for more than 15 years. As director of Longwood Arts Project from 1992 to 1998 she organized numerous gallery and outdoor sculpture exhibitions. She codirected 1990s Art from Cuba: A National Residency and Exhibition Program, a cultural exchange project for five artists in five American cities (1997-99). For the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, she curated Beyond the Borders: Art by Recent Immigrants (1994) and co-curated (with Lydia Yee) Urban Mythologies: The Bronx Represented Since the 1960s (1999).