Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker is director of the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Washington, and former director of the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich, Germany, and the Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada. She has served as exhibition director and curator of numerous exhibitions on the history of the modern in these institutions as well as at the Martin-Gropius-Bau and the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the International Center of Photography, MoMA- PS1, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Kunsthal Rotterdam.
During her tenure in Germany, Birnie Danzker served as Speaker for the Municipal Museums of the City of Munich (2003 and 2006) and was a member of the Steering Committee for Administrative Reform of the Department of Culture, City of Munich and the Subcommittee for the Reform of Municipal Museums (2002-2003). Birnie Danzker also served on the Advisory Committee: Exhibitions for the Goethe Institute InterNationes (2000-2004) and on the Commission for Public Art Projects and Art in Public Places, City of Munich (1997-1999).
In Canada, Birnie Danzker lead a Cultural Delegation to China (1985) and was Vice-Chairman, Special Council Committee on the Arts, City of Vancouver (1989-1991); Chairman, Subcommittee on Cultural Diversity, City of Vancouver (1989-1991); Commissioner for Canada, Toyama Now ’87, Toyama, Japan and Seoul, Korea (1987-1988); and Head Moderator for British Columbia, Royal Commission, Citizen’s Forum on Canada’s Future (1991).
Birnie Danzker has authored and edited numerous catalogues and books on art and has been a regular contributor to YISHU: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.