Sean Anderson

Sean Anderson


MoMA International Curatorial Institute 2020


Cornell University


Associate Professor and Director, Bachelor of Architecture Program

Sean Anderson is Associate Professor and Director of the Bachelor of Architecture program at Cornell University. Previously, he was the Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, he has practiced as an architect and taught in Afghanistan, Australia, India, Italy, Morocco, Sri Lanka and the U.A.E. He has written books on South Asian ritual sculpture as well as on the modern architecture of colonial Eritrea and edited an issue of A+U Journal dedicated to contemporary architecture and design in Sri Lanka. In 2020, he co-curated the exhibition On Muzharul Islam: Surfacing Intention at the Dhaka Art Summit. At MoMA, he has organized the exhibitions Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter (2016- 17) and Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959-89 (2017-18). As part of the museum’s reopening in 2019, he collaboratively worked on a number of contemporary-focused galleries. His next exhibition, co-organized with Mabel O. Wilson, Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, will open at the end of February 2021 and is the first exhibition at MoMA to focus on the work of African American and African Diasporic architects.