Independent curator set to spearhead museum’s content creation, programming and planning.
With effect from 1 September, Dr June Yap will assume her new role as Director of Curatorial, Programmes and Publications at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM).
This appointment is timely. In the lead-up to SAM’s S$90 million revamp (which is expected to be completed in 2021), Dr Yap will be spearheading its content creation, future programming and planning. “This period of rejuvenation and improvement of its buildings presents a great opportunity for reflection upon the museum’s historic moments, as well as to forge its future path,” she says.
The independent curator brings to the table over a decade of curatorial experience. This includes a two-year curatorial residency at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York, where she was curator for the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative (South and Southeast Asia) from 2012 to 2014. She also served as curator for the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore and the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011.
In terms of her work with SAM, Dr Yap curated its new media exhibitions in 2003 and 2004, serves on its Acquisition Committee, and was on the Advisory Committee of the Singapore Biennale 2016.
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