In selecting Baeza, the High is looking to her to guide and expand the museum’s programming, exhibitions, and collections of African art. The museum has roughly 1,100 examples of African art from metalwork, carvings, and masks, to beadwork, textiles, and ceramics. The collection spans from antiquity to the present.
“Lauren’s depth of experience in not only museums but also community organizations focused on education and outreach, and her considerable accomplishments as a curator, scholar and leader, make her uniquely positioned to guide the future of our African art department,” Rand Suffolk, director of the High said in a statement. “We look forward to working with her to further our efforts to build a robust exhibition program and exceptional collection of African art that will continue to resonate with the High’s diverse audiences.”