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Mitra Abbaspour Appointed Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Harvard Art Museums

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Mitra Abbaspour. Photography by Emile Askey. Image courtesy of Princeton University Art Museum

Mitra Abbaspour has been appointed as the Harvard Art Museums’ new Houghton curator of modern and contemporary art and head of their division of modern and contemporary art.

With more than 20 years of experience in the arts field, Abbaspour is currently the Haskell curator of modern and contemporary art at the Princeton University Art Museum. She has taught courses in her specialisation – modern and contemporary art of the Middle East – as well as Islamic art. She has also contributed numerous essays to monographs of contemporary artists from the region and beyond, including Reza Aramesh, Lalla Essaydi, Hassan Hajjaj, Farhad Moshiri and Shirin Neshat.

As part of her new role, Abbaspour will facilitate new acquisitions to the collection overseen by the division of modern and contemporary art, organise major exhibitions and build programmatic partnerships on and off the Harvard campus. She will take up the position effective 11 September.