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Gorgeous Curators


Allison Harding

As a high school student I often visited the Asian Art Museum in Golden Gate Park and SFMOMA, which opened its Mario Botta building during my junior year. The beginning of my path in art history can be traced back to the afternoons I spent exploring these two very different museums. Bringing their collections together as a curator has reminded me of those days, before art became my job, when I could simply stand in front of an artwork and let it affect me. I hope Gorgeous will bring viewers such pleasures, entice them to see art with fresh eyes and maybe even fall in love with a work or two. A few of my longtime loves are in the exhibition. Seeing them together will be a thrill.

Forrest McGill

Working on Gorgeous has been enormous fun. Though my specialty is the arts of India and Southeast Asia, and I’ve been a curator at the Asian Art Museum for many years, I’m also passionately interested in Western art. Here’s my chance to combine two loves in ways that—I hope—will come across to visitors as delightful, provocative and rewarding both emotionally and intellectually. Before and after earning a PhD decades ago I taught everything from seventh-grade geography to graduate seminars in art history. I like nothing better than the back-and-forth of a friendly debate about art.