The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announced the appointment of Emily Beeny as Curator in Charge of European Paintings. The role will oversee the Museums’ holdings of more than 800 paintings from the fourteenth to early twentieth centuries as well as the development of original exhibition programming.
Beeny holds a PhD from Columbia University and is a specialist in French paintings and drawings of the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries. She joins the Museums from the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Recent exhibitions organized by Beeny include Manet and Modern Beauty (2019–2020), co-organized by the Getty and the Art Institute of Chicago, which was the first exhibition devoted to the final years of the artist’s life; and Poussin and the Dance (2021–2022), co-organized by the Getty and the National Gallery, London. She is a founding member of the Getty Museum’s Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion Task Force and sits on the vetting committee for nineteenth-century European paintings at TEFAF Maastricht.
Prior to joining the Getty Museum as Associate Curator of Drawings in 2016, Beeny was Associate Curator of European Art at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena (2014–2016) and Assistant Curator of European Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2012–2014). She has published and lectured widely on French art from the 17th to the 20th centuries and is the author of a children’s book, Hector the Collector, about collecting and museums.