Every now and again the Education Department, of which I am a part, takes some time out of the office to celebrate milestones, achievements, survival, etc. This afternoon we’re going out to do that, and — while there are many people and things to applaud, we’ll be especially celebrating one achievement in particular. Because this is the SFMOMA *blog* I want to give a special shout-out to our Associate Curator of Interpretation, Peter Samis, who came to work for SFMOMA twenty years ago…not insignificantly, right around the time the World Wide Web as we know it was invented. As many in the online museum community will know, Peter Samis was the art historian/content expert for the first-ever CD-ROM on modern art, and it was Peter who spearheaded development of multimedia programs at SFMOMA super early on, really forging the way in the field of museum technologies used in service of education. Under his leadership, SFMOMA’s Interactive Education Technologies team has won a bazillion awards, but more important of course is the fact of all us in the galleries (and at home, armchair-museum-going) who’ve really benefited from the interpretive programs Peter’s helped define and develop. Peter’s devotion to making modern and contemporary art accessible (in his own words “relevant, resonant, and exciting”) to everyday people — is a fantastic gift.
You kick it, Peter. Twenty years later. You can get here from there. Thanks.