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Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design; head of the Department of Architecture and Design, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

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Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher is the Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design as well as Head of the Department of Architecture and Design since 2015. She previously served as assistant curator at SFMOMA from 2008 to 2013, and as associate curator from 2013 to 2015. SFMOMA was the first museum on the West Coast to establish a curatorial department of Architecture and Design, and Jennifer developed a curatorial approach to collecting and exhibiting design as it intersects with technology. She has also continued to collaborate with living designers as part of a conservation-based research project, the Artist Initiative, funded by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant where the Architecture and Design department has engaged leading Bay Area-based designers to investigate how to best build, maintain and interpret the museum’s design collection.

During her tenure at SFMOMA, Jennifer has executed curatorial projects such as Designed in California in 2018; Lebbeus Woods, Architect in 2013 (co-curator); A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living at the Hammer Museum in 2013; The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and The Bay Area in 2012 as well as a commissioned work by filmmaker Mike Mills about Silicon Valley for the exhibition Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in the Bay Area in 2013. She has published significant essays on the practices of A. Quincy Jones, Ewan Gibbs, Tobias Wong and Lebbeus Woods. Since 2010, she has been building SFMOMA’s Architecture and Design collection with an emphasis on experimental works of design since 1980. Her museum acquisitions include seminal works by Neri Oxman, Ant Farm, Neil Denari, Nathalie du Pasquier, Iwan Baan, Nacho Carbonell and Mathieu Lehanneur.

Jennifer was previously a curator at the Hammer Museum.

Writings Edit

  1. The Sea Ranch, Penguin Random House, January 8, 2019

Links Edit

  1. Meet the Woman Who Spots Great Design for a Living, Ideo, February 2, 2018
  2. Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher Curates “Designed in California” at SFMOMA, Whitewall, January 9, 2018
  3. Q+A> Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher: Behind the scenes at SFMOMA’s architecture and design department, The Architects Newspaper, September 28, 2015
  4. Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher to Lead SFMOMA’s Department of Architecture and Design as Helen Hilton Raiser Curator, SFMOMA, September 10, 2015