The San Diego Museum of Art has a new member on its curatorial staff, the Balboa Park website announced.
Rachel Jans joins as Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, curating exhibitions, advising on acquisitions, and conducting research. With more than 10 years of experience, he comes to the institution from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where he served as assistant curator of painting and sculpture.
Roxana Velásquez, the museum's executive director and director, highlighted Jahn's extensive experience with German Expressionism and American art.
"We are delighted to welcome Rachel to the San Diego Museum of Art and believe she will play an integral role in continuing to provide visitors with a cultural and inspiring museum experience," said Velásquez.
In his previous role at Bay, Jans contributed to the museum's outdoor sculpture program and artist commissions, and worked closely with the American and German art collections.
Jans has lectured around the world, including at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Tate Modern in London. He has submitted essays to major institutional catalogues, including SFMOMA, Tate Modern, Block Museum of Art, and Northwestern University.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to bring my passion for the arts to one of the largest and most visited institutions in the region," said Jans. "In my work at the San Diego Museum of Art, I look forward to continuing to explore how contemporary artists draw from the past to challenge the present."
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Jans has lived and worked in New York and Berlin and has a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Chicago. His research has been supported by numerous grants, including a Fulbright Fellowship, the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at Freie Universität, and a Whiting Dissertation Fellowship.