Ladan Akbarnia. Photo: San Diego Museum of Art.

Ladan Akbarnia Joins San Diego Museum of Art as Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art

The San Diego Museum of Art has appointed Ladan Akbarnia as its new curator of South Asian and Islamic art. Akbarnia will be responsible for managing the museum’s exhibitions and public programming; engaging the South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Muslim communities in San Diego and California; and contributing to its provenance research and strategic acquisitions. She will take up the post on October 15.

Akbarnia comes to the institution from the British Museum in London, where she served as assistant keeper of its collections of Islamic art and curator of its Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World. Previously, Akbarnia was executive director at the Iran Heritage Foundation in London and associate curator of Islamic art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she spearheaded the 2009 reinstallation of the Islamic gallery and curated the exhibition “Light of the Sufis: The Mystical Arts of Islam.”

“We are delighted to welcome Ladan Akbarnia into her new role as curator of South Asian and Islamic Art at the San Diego Museum of Art,” said director Roxana Velásquez. “The museum’s South Asian and Islamic art holdings are among the best in the world, and Dr. Akbarnia has an outstanding depth of knowledge and expertise in this area. She will be a valued addition to our curatorial team.”