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MFA Boston Announces Curatorial Appointments and $1 Million Gift

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has received a $1 million grant from the Tokyo-based Ishibashi Foundation in support of a new curatorial training opportunity in the field of Japanese art. It will fund five new fellowships at the institution. Each recipient will serve as an assistant curator of Japanese art for a two-year period.

“Over the next decade, these fellows will bring new ideas to life, broaden our perspectives and strengthen our historic commitment to Japanese art,” the MFA’s director, Matthew Teitelbaum, said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming them, encouraging their curiosity, and supporting their professional and personal growth as they forge connections with our staff and our community that will extend well beyond their time at the MFA.”

The MFA has also made three new curatorial appointments. Akili Tommasino will assume the newly made position of associate curator of modern and contemporary art. He comes to the MFA from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where he has worked as a curatorial assistant since 2014. Tommasino is the founder of Prep for Prep/Sotheby’s Summer Art Academy, an initiative that strives to promote diversity in the field by giving New York City high school students of color the opportunity to learn about art. He will take up the post in October.

In addition, the museum has promoted Anne E. Havinga to chair of its department of photography and Christine Kondoleon to chair of its department of art of ancient Greece and Rome. Havinga began her career at the MFA nearly three decades ago, becoming the museum’s first curator of photographs in 2001. Among the more than thirty-five exhibitions she has curated over the years are “Alfred Stieglitz and Modern America” (2017); “In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11” (2015); and “Silver, Salt, and Sunlight: Early Photography in Britain and France” (2012).

Kondoleon has been working at the museum for seventeen years and was most recently the senior curator of Greek and Roman art. Her recent accomplishments at the MFA include rehanging its installation of Greek and Roman art across seven galleries and introducing its new gallery on daily life in ancient Greece.