Curatorial Assistant, Photography
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, USA
Matthew Kluk has served as a Curatorial Assistant in the Photography department at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) since 2015. SFMOMA houses a collection of over 19,000 photographs spanning the full history of the medium.
Kluk focuses on the development and exhibition of the permanent collection, having contributed substantially to the recent exhibition Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now (2016-17) and a forthcoming online catalogue of the museum’s Japanese photography collection. He is currently working on Selves and Others: Gifts to the Collection from Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein and Carolyn Drake: Wild Pigeon, both slated for 2018, as well as an upcoming exhibition on modernist photography.
Prior to joining SFMOMA, he held positions at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA; and the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. He earned a MA from the Graduate Program in the History of Art at Williams College and a BA in Art History from Northwestern University.
At the 2018 FotoFest Meeting Place, Kluk is most interested in seeing work that bridges the gap between photography and other mediums, work that engages with alternative or 19th century processes, conceptual approaches, photobooks and sequencing, archive-driven projects, and cohesive series. He is not interested in commercial photography, formal studio portraiture, or artists whose primary goal is to have their work added to SFMOMA’s collection. He is happy to provide artists with thoughtful critique of their work from a curatorial and artistic perspective, the names of other artists or bodies of work to look at, and suggestions on how best to navigate the complex photography world.