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Ali Gass

Parent of 5th grader & 7th grader
Advancement Committee Member

Ali Gass is the founding Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco, a non-collecting contemporary art museum that will open in Dogpatch in the fall of 2022.

She has recently served as the Executive Director and Chief Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art San Jose. Prior to joining the ICA, Ali served as the Executive Director of The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago where she led successful fundraising efforts and launched a funded fellowship for diversity in the curatorial field. Previously, she was the Chief Curator at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.

Throughout her career, Ali has led the development of globally-focused and community-engaged exhibitions programs, prioritizing the diversification of artists, staff, and audiences at arts institutions to include those who have been underrepresented in U.S. museums. Her Bay Area curatorial career began in 2005 as Assistant Curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She holds a BA in Art History from Columbia University and a PhD in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.