sfai news

April 13, 2012

Hou Hanru to step down as SFAI’s Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs in June 2012

Hou Hanru, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs and chair of the Master’s program in Exhibition and Museum Studies, has announced his resignation from the San Francisco Art Institute, effective June 30, 2012. Hou’s final exhibition at the Walter and McBean Galleries will be Lin Yilin: Golden Journey (May 3–July 28), which documents new San Francisco-based work by Chinese performance artist Lin Yilin.

Said SFAI President Charles Desmarais, “We commend Hanru for his contributions to the academic and cultural environment of SFAI, including the many intellectually challenging exhibitions he has presented here, and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Hou joined SFAI in 2006, bringing a significant, new international voice on contemporary art and cultural difference to San Francisco. The recent book Paradigm Shifts: Walter and McBean Galleries Exhibitions and Public Programs, San Francisco Art Institute (2006-2011) chronicles notable programming during his tenure, including solo exhibitions with artists Sarkis, Allora & Calzadilla, Jens Haaning, Yan Pei-Ming, Dan Perjovschi, On Kawara, Shahzia Sikander, Alan Sekula, Bruno Serralongue, and George Kuchar, and group shows such as World Factory, Geography of Transterritories, and Everyday Miracles (extended).

In keeping with its historical role as both a school and a cultural center, SFAI is committed to developing a vital and robust program of exhibitions, lectures, performances, and continuing education opportunities that will enhance the institution’s position as a fundamental part of the Bay Area community. Accordingly, the Institute has announced an expanded position of Vice President for Public Programs to oversee all of these areas. A search will begin immediately.