Deputy Director and Director of Education at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Kim Katanani, has been appointed as the first director of
Katanani, on her appointment as the President of the university, said that:
“Shaping the cultural and interdisciplinary discourse around the ever-changing perspectives of artists who create work in response to the unique culture of California and its global contexts will be key. I envision the museum serving as a state-of-the-art teaching and learning institution, which will offer unparalleled arts and cross-curricular experiences for the campus and the wider community.”
UCI’s provost as well as executive vice chancellor, Enrique Lavernia, on the appointment of Kanatani, said that:
“She brings an outstanding national reputation that will help UCI make a positive impact through programs and exhibitions that forge meaningful connections at all levels across campus, with our neighbours and supporters, and with our many visitors from around the country and the world.”
Before her appointment as Director at the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art, she oversaw all the educational programs at the Guggenheim and she was also involved in planning and development of Guggenheim Foundation’s future outpost situated in Abu Dhabi. Kim Kanatani was also leading an initiative called Guggenheim Social Practice which would commission artists to develop projects in the public domain. Kanatani, before joining the Guggenheim in 2001, was the director of education at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.