Learn more about the diverse voices represented in the collection. One Friday each month, local experts highlight hidden gems that push boundaries, defy expectations, and inspire deep reflection. This week, SFMOMA’s own Joseph Becker, associate curator of architecture and design (A+D), investigates political posters made from the 1960s to now in response to social issues ranging from civil rights to environmental justice.
Since 2007 Becker has contributed to more than 20 exhibitions at SFMOMA, including curating Tomás Saraceno: Stillness in Motion–Cloud Cities and Field Conditions (2012), as well as co-curating Typeface to Interface: Graphic Design from the Collection (2016) and Lebbeus Woods, Architect (2013-14) with Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher. In addition, he has been responsible for the exhibition design and visual direction of the majority of SFMOMA’s A+D exhibitions during his decade-long tenure. He has moderated and served on numerous design panels, been an invited juror at many national architecture programs, led workshops on exhibition and experiential design, and lectured internationally. He received both his bachelor of architecture and his master of advanced architectural design in design theory and critical practice degrees from the California College of the Arts, where he has been a visiting professor.