As the Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE ’60) Curator, Klein organizes exhibitions, new commissions, public programs, publications, and initiatives. She is passionate about working directly with artists, among them Michelle Lopez, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Sondra Perry, Trevor Shimizu, Suki Seokyeong Kang, Barbara Kasten, Ane Graff, and Linda Goode Bryant. Her work centers dialogue and collaboration, in particular I Is for Institute, a website, podcast, and a series of exhibition partnerships that reimagine institutional models for arts organizations.
Prior to joining ICA, Klein held positions in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Her writing has been published widely, including in Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good, The Human Snapshot, How Soon Is Now?, and the critical volume on photography Words Without Pictures, which she also edited. Klein’s background as an artist, art historian, and independent publisher is deeply tied to her curatorial ethos.
Klein holds an MFA from UCLA, Los Angeles, an MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and a BA in art history from Columbia University, New York.