Diana L. Daniels

Diana L. Daniels is the curator of contemporary art at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. Her areas of responsibility include painting and sculpture since 1945, photography, contemporary ceramics, and the arts of Africa and Oceania. Over the past decade, she has enhanced the permanent collection with acquisitions of works by Tracey Snelling, Lewis deSoto, Chris McCaw, Lucia Zegada, Elliot Ross, Don Gregorio Antón, Diane Rosenblum, Jerry Takigawa, John Willis, Jerry Ueslmann, David Johnson, Inge Morath, Marion Post Wolcott, Dean Burton, Byron Wolfe, and Robert von Sternberg, among others. Her contributions to recent publications The Vase and Beyond: The Sidney Swidler Collection of the Contemporary Vessel and The Crocker Art Museum Unveiled support the ongoing research and interpretation of the museum’s collections. She is the author of Clayton Bailey’s World of Wonders, Approaching Infinity, Rob Barnard: Pottery as Pure Art, and contributor to the catalogue Mel Ramos: 50 Years of Superheroes, Nudes, and Other Pop Delights (San Francisco: Modernism, 2012). The 2012 exhibition Brought to Light featured rare and unexpected images in the Crocker’s permanent collection, many displayed for the first time. Her interests range from late nineteenth-century images of the American West to contemporary, staged photography, in which the photographer creates for the viewer scenes of saturated color and hallucinatory clarity too perfect to be considered real or documentary.