BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Christopher Bedford, director of the Baltimore Museum of Art for six years, is stepping down to direct the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
The museum announced Wednesday that Bedford will leave the museum on June 3, and until then he will work with senior management to “ensure a seamless transfer of operational duties,” the museum said.
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The museum’s board of directors will also meet in the coming months to form a search committee to find its next director.
Under Bedford, the museum has taken bold steps to diversify its collection, including purchasing works by women only in 2020.
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“We want to take this moment to thank Christopher for his courageous and inspired leadership and wish him good luck in his new endeavors,” said Clair Zamoiski Segal, Chairman of BMA’s Board of Directors. “As we enter the next phase of the Museum, we are emboldened and excited.”
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art said in a statement that Bedford was chosen unanimously by its search committee.
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“We found in Chris a courageous, empathetic, inclusive and passionate leader; he is at a point in his career that combines impressive accomplishments with an open mindset and the ability to listen, learn and grow with and for our community,” the search committee said in a statement. . “It prioritizes collaboration, dialogue and engagement between management, staff and the public – values and skills that are exactly what we were looking for.”