Betti-Sue Hertz

Adjunct Faculty
Liberal Arts and MA Faculty

Betti-Sue Hertz is an independent curator working at the intersection of critical visual culture and socially relevant issues. She was interim director of programs, Headlands Center of the Arts (2015); director of visual arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2008-2015); curator of contemporary art, San Diego Museum of Art (2000-2008); and director of Longwood Arts Project (1992-1998). Recent exhibitions include A Special Curatorial Project with Rirkrit Tiravanija: The Way Things Go (2015); Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, (2014); Landscape: the virtual, the actual, the possible? (2014); Dissident Futures (2013); and Audience as Subject (2010/2012). 

Selected Publications: 

  • “Roberto Matta: Convergences in Architecture, Landscape and Inscape.” Drifts and Derivations: Experiences, journeys and morphologies. Museo Nacional Centro De Arte, Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2010, 203-211.
  • “Tableaux Vivants: In the New Theatricality.” Flash Art. November/December 2010, 78-82.
  • “What Keeps Mankind Alive? 11th Istanbul Biennial (12 Sept-8 Nov 2009).” co-author with Lisa E. Bloom. n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal. Volume 25, 2010, 16-20.
  • “Autopaisaje, 1999-2001.” Gonzalo Lebrija: As Time Goes By. Other Criteria, London, 2010, 62-65.


  • BA, Goddard College, Vermont, 1975
  • MFA, Hunter College, CUNY, New York, 1982
  • Studies in the PhD program in Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, (ABD), 2000


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