"‘I’m very talismanic,” Smith said. ‘But it’s idiosyncratic.’ Much of Smith’s work reflects her deep reverence for ordinary objects and the poetry they contain. ‘When I’m working, what’s in my close proximity might be random, or it might be chosen. They might be of no particular calculable value, but they’re infinitely precious. They contain something of the owner. I find something beautiful about that.’”
Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, January 17, 2019
Katie Hood Morgan is an independent curator, writer, and cultural producer based in San Francisco, CA.
Her creative interests center on multi-faceted, multidisciplinary artist-driven projects and community-building. She is currently Curator of Special Projects at San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) where she has worked in the Exhibitions department since 2012. This Fall, she is co-curating an exhibition of contemporary sculpture from the French West Indies to premiere at Hunter East Harlem Gallery.
In her previous role as Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at SFAI, she managed all curatorial operations and programming for SFAI's galleries, including the first year of programming at SFAI's new Fort Mason campus. She has organized over a dozen major exhibitions with SFAI, several of which have been accompanied by catalogs. Recent highlights include solo projects by Will Brown, Bill Fontana, Mariana Castillo Deball, Doug Hall, and Jill Magid, as well as the group exhibition ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND: Mission School: Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, Ruby Neri (2013). Additionally, in this role Katie oversaw SFAI’s Visiting Artists and Scholars lecture series, hosting dozens of international artists and creative leaders including: Ron Nagle, Mike Henderson, Lucy Lippard, Marc-Olivier Wahler, Simone Lee, Geoffrey Farmer, and Dara Birnbaum.
Prior to her work with SFAI, Katie served as Assistant Curator at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts where she organized the 82-artist group exhibition When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes (2012), also contributing to the exhibition catalog. The exhibition included several new commissions and travelled to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
Katie was Director of the artist-run Adobe Books Backroom Gallery in San Francisco from 2009-2012, where she curated exhibitions by Parker Ito, David Horvitz, Colter Jacobsen, and Zina Al-Shukri, among others. She was Registrar and Gallery Assistant at Braunstein/Quay Gallery from 2006-2008.
Katie holds a MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts, San Francisco, and a BFA in the History of Art and Visual Culture from UC Santa Cruz. She has contributed to programming and curatorial projects at a variety of institutions including the Oakland Museum of California, the M. H. de Young Museum, SFMOMA, and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.