Grace L. McCann Morley was a museologist and the first director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Born in 1900 in Berkeley, she received a B.A. in French and Greek from UC Berkeley. Her first curating position was at the Cincinnati Museum of Art in Ohio in 1930. From 1935 to 1958, Morley was the director of SFMoMA, and by the 1940s and 50s she was holding 100 shows per year. Between 1946 and 1949, Morley took a leave from SFMoMA and became a consultant for museums at UNESCO Museum of Art. From 1967 to 1978, she was the head of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) Regional Agency for South and South-East Asia. In this interview, Morley discusses her time at the SFMoMA, the UNESCO Museums Division, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Cincinnati Museum of Art. This interview is part of a group of interviews documenting Bay Area museums and art institutions.




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