Akili Tommasino

Akili Tommasino

Program

CCL Mellon Foundation Seminar 2014

Institution

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Title

Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

School

Harvard University

Mentor

Leah Dickerman, Museum of Modern Art

Akili Tommasino joined The Metropolitan Museum of Art as Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art in 2021. At The Met, he organized The Facade Commission: Nairy Baghramian, Scratching the Back (2023) and is planning forthcoming 2024 exhibitions Afterlives: Contemporary Art in the Byzantine Crypt (along with Dr. Andrea Achi) and Flight into Egypt: Black Artists and Ancient Egypt, 1876-Now. He was the 2023 Cynthia Hazen Polsky/ Metropolitan Museum of Art Visiting Curator at the American Academy in Rome. Previously, Tommasino held curatorial positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he organized the inaugural editions of The Banner Project featuring Lauren Halsey (2021) and Robert Pruitt (2019) and co-curated Frank Bowling’s Americas: New York, 1966-75(2022), and at The Museum of Modern Art where he organized Projects 107: Lone Wolf Recital Corps (2017). In 2017, he founded the Prep for Prep/ Sotheby’s Summer Art Academy to foster new generations of cultural leaders and in 2020, along with his wife, Dr. Amanda Herrera Tommasino, he launched Pana Projects, an arts and education initiative in the Caribbean. A former Fulbright Fellow at the Centre Pompidou, Tommasino is a PhD candidate at Harvard University, where he earned his MA and BA.

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Seminar Advancement

2018-08-20

Akili Tommasino (CCL/Mellon Seminar 2014) named Associate Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Akili Tomassino (CCL/Mellon Seminar 2014) has been named the new Associate Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Most recently, Akili served as Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, where he organized the exhibition "Projects 101: Lone ... Read More >

Seminar Advancement

2021-01-07

Akili Tommasino (CCL/Mellon Seminar 2014) named Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has named Akili Tommasino (CCL/Mellon Seminar 2014) Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art! Most recently, Akili served as Associate Curator in the Modern and Contemporary Art Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Prior to joining the MFA, Akili served as Curatorial Assistant in the ... Read More >

Mellon Seminar - Photo with Kara Walker

2014-06-19

CCL Selects Inaugural Class of the CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice

The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) announced today the inaugural class of the CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice, a new program that exposes art history doctoral students to the daily challenges and strategic questions of museum practice. Generously supported by a two-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ... Read More >