Dominic Willsdon joined SFMOMA in 2006 as the Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs. He directs the department of Education and Public Programs which produces talks, film screenings, performance, artists’ projects, and educational programs and resources. He is also a member of the curatorial team of the 9ª Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, which opens in September 2013.
Willsdon has also taught in the graduate programs in curating and exhibition studies at the Royal College of Art and the San Francisco Art Institute. He was also an associate researcher in Philosophy at the Université de Paris.
From 2000 to 2005, Willsdon was Curator of Public Events at Tate Modern, London. He is a former editor of the Journal of Visual Culture. He has published articles on aesthetics, politics and education, and is coeditor (with Diarmuid Costello) of The Life and Death of Images: Ethics and Aesthetics (Cornell UP, 2008). He is also a visiting research fellow at the Institute for Modern And Contemporary Culture, University of Westminster.
In 2010 he was the inaugural Kress Fellow in Museum Education at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
Recent CCA teaching has explored the affinities between education and architecture (as social systems, as forms of public encounter, as businesses, professions, and disciplines), looking at what architecture can learn from educational theory and practice, and education from architectural theory and practice, and at the parallels between curating education and curating architecture.
Adjunct Professor, Curatorial Practice