About Betti-Sue

Betti-Sue Hertz is a contemporary arts curator, arts administrator, writer and educator. Trained as an artist and art historian, her projects focus on the intersection of critical visual culture and socially relevant issues. Hertz was an active member in visual arts organizations during the 1980s and 1990s, as an artist member, 55 Mercer, 1983-1990; founding member, RepoHistory, 1990-1996; and member of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board, National Association of Artists Organizations, 1994-1999. Since moving from New York to California in 2000, she has served as Interim Director of Programs, Headlands Center for the Arts, 2015; Director of Visual Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, (YBCA) 2008-2015; and Curator of Contemporary Art, San Diego Museum of Art, (SDMA) 2000-2008. Hertz’s early professional career in the South Bronx has deeply informed her belief in the power of cross-cultural exchange for building local and global arts communities. She was Director, Longwood Arts Project, Bronx Council on the Arts, 1992-1998; and Executive Director, Bronx River Art Center, 1985-1987. She understands exhibitions to be sites for the creation of relational structures and comparative propositions to expand opportunities for new perspectives on a wide range of topics, with a special interest in mobility and cultural geography. Recent major curatorial projects and publications include A Special Curatorial Project with Rirkrit Tiravanija: The Way Things Go (2015); Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, (2014), co-organized by YBCA and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art with co-curators Dominic Willsdon and Frank Smigiel; Landscape: the virtual, the actual, the possible? (2014), co-organized by YBCA, Guangdong Times Museum and Kadist Art Foundation with co-curators Ruijun Shen and Xiaoyu Weng; Dissident Futures (2013); Migrating Identities (2013); and Audience as Subject (2010/2012). Hertz received an award from the International Art Critics Association-USA for the 2012 exhibition, Nayland Blake: Free!Love!Tool!Box! and an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award for the 2004 touring exhibition Past in Reverse: Contemporary Art of East Asia. She has been Visiting Faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute since 2011 and a Lecturer in the American Studies Program and member of the Working Group on Creative Cities at Stanford University in 2016. She is currently the public art program consultant for TLS Landscape Architecture for the Shishan Park project in Suzhou, China. Hertz has contributed to various periodicals including Art Journal, Flash Art, n.paradoxa, San Francisco Arts Quarterly and Yishu. She holds a BA from Goddard College, MFA from Hunter College, CUNY and studied at the PhD Program in Art History at The Graduate Center, CUNY.