Advisory Board

David Evans Frantz

David Evans Frantz is a curator based in Los Angeles. From 2018 to 2019, he was Associate Curator at the Palm Springs Art Museum, and from 2011 to 2018 he was curator at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries. He is currently a Collections Research Specialist at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. He is co-editor with Christina Linden and Chris E. Vargas of the book Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects, a publication of the Museum of Trans Hirstory & Art (MOTHA). He recently organized with C. Ondine Chavoya the exhibition Teddy Sandoval and the Butch Gardens School of Art, a collaboration between Independent Curators International (ICI), the Vincent Price Art Museum, and the Williams College Museum of Art.

Photo Credit: I. Byers-Gamber

Marcela Guerrero

Marcela Guerrero is the DeMartini Family Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Most recently, she co-curated with Angelica Arbelaez Ilana Savdie: Radical Contractions. Guerrero also curated no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria and Martine Gutierrez: Supremacy in 2022–23, and she was also part of the curatorial team that organized Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925–1945 in 2020. Guerrero’s writing has appeared in several exhibition catalogs and in art journals such as, ArtNexus, Caribbean Intransit: The Arts Journal, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, and Diálogo. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Guerrero holds a PhD in art history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Photo Credit: J. Romero

Arlene Shechet

Arlene Shechet is a sculptor known for her effortless combination of disparate elements, precarious and provisional arrangements, and boundary-collapsing visual paradoxes. Her work is exhibited internationally in over forty distinguished public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Centre Pompidou, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. A major twenty-year survey of Shechet’s work, All at Once (2015), was presented at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and a large-scale public project, Full Steam Ahead (2018), was installed in Madison Square Park in New York. In 2023 she was elected as a lifetime member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. This follows many other awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and the CAA Artist Award for Distinguished Body of Work (2016).

Photo Credit: J. Liebman

Akili Tommasino

Akili Tommasino joined The Metropolitan Museum of Art as Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art in 2021. Previously, he held curatorial positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and at The Museum of Modern Art. 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.

Photo Credit: G. Hurdle

Eugenie Tsai

Eugenie Tsai is a curator and writer based in New York. After sixteen years, she recently stepped down from her position as the John and Barbara Vogelstein Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, at the Brooklyn Museum. During those years, she shaped the Contemporary collection, and organized around forty loan and collection exhibitions. These include Oscar yi Hou: East of Sun, West of Moon (2022–23), Guadalupe Maravilla: Tierra Blanca Joven (2022), The Slipstream: Reflection, Resilience, and Resistance in the Art of Our Time (2021–2022), and KAWS: WHAT PARTY (2021). She also curated Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic (2015), co-curated (with Ru Hockley) Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed Stuy and Beyond (2014), and LaToya Ruby Frazier: A Haunted Capital (2013). Prior to joining the Brooklyn Museum, she organized the retrospective Robert Smithson, (2004), for MOCA LA. The exhibition, which traveled to the Dallas Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, received the International Art Critics first place award for best monographic show of 2005. Before taking up her position at the Brooklyn Museum, Eugenie worked at PS1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens as Director of Curatorial Affairs, and at the Whitney Museum in various curatorial roles including Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs.

Photo Credit: M Giugliarelli

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