Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego Welcomes Jordan Karney Chaim as Curator
Experienced Curator Will Unify ICA San Diego’s Education and Curatorial Program

SAN DIEGO, CA — (November 23rd, 2022) Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego (ICA San Diego) welcomes Jordan Karney Chaim, PhD to its experienced curatorial team beginning November 28, 2022. Dr. Chaim currently researches and writes about the intersections of art and community, focusing on emerging artists and institutional histories in the United States. At ICA San Diego, she will use her background to amplify underrepresented voices and challenge traditional notions of curation.

Dr. Chaim holds a doctorate in the History of Art and Architecture from Boston University where she was a Raymond and Margaret Horowitz Foundation Fellow in American Art. From 2007 to 2012 she was the Assistant Director at Mary Ryan Gallery in New York. Her most recent writing can be found in East of Borneo, Hyperallergic and HereIn Journal, where she has published texts on Amy Adler, Judy Baca, Yolanda López, and Sasha Koozel Reibstein. Past curatorial projects include Martine Gutierrez: True Story at the Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery, Boston University (2016); the first traveling retrospective of the painter and printmaker Yvonne Jacquette’s woodcuts (2009); and a reinterpretation of the feminist icon May Stevens’s 1988 New Museum exhibition, One Plus or Minus One (2011).

"It is exhilarating to join a museum that is not only writing its own history, but is committed to reimagining what a contemporary art museum can be. I share ICA San Diego's commitment to ‘question everything’--particularly the historical underrepresentation of BIPOC, Latinx, LGBTQIA+ artists, and women in traditional art spaces. I look forward to working with the fantastic team at ICA San Diego to connect diverse communities through contemporary art, both within our tri-national region and beyond,” says Dr. Chaim.

Dr. Chaim will aim to enhance ICA San Diego’s curatorial program which spans its two campuses - in Balboa Park and Encinitas. She will be working on planning future programs that expand ICA San Diego’s reach beyond our walls.

ICA San Diego’s first Curator position has been funded with the support of the Linda Brandes Foundation, the Tippett Foundation, and the Buttgenbach Foundation.

About the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego
ICA San Diego is a platform for experimental art and learning with a mission to question everything. Founded in 2021, yet built on over 100 years of combined experience, our programming is cutting edge yet accessible; daring and thoughtful; challenging and inviting. Our exhibitions, installations, commissions, classes, and workshops reflect ICA San Diego’s commitment to engage the issues of the moment and provide a space for the community to come together and consider the world in which we live. ICA San Diego welcomes everyone to gather, learn, question, and experience the new. ICA San Diego is always free and open to the public. ICA San Diego / Central is located at 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park, and ICA San Diego / North is located at 1550 S. El Camino Real in Encinitas.

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