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Yasufumi Nakamori to Join Tate as Senior Curator of International Art

Tate Modern announced today that Yasufumi Nakamori has been appointed its new senior curator of International Art (photography). Nakamori will be responsible for organizing an exhibition program and for adding to Tate’s collection, which has grown significantly over the past decade. He succeeds Simon Baker, who was named the institution’s first photography curator in 2003. Baker departed in January to become director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.

Nakamori comes to Tate from the Minneapolis Institute of Art where he headed the department of photography and new media and staged exhibitions with Leslie Hewitt, The Propeller Group, Omer Fast, Naoya Hatakeyama, and most recently Amar Kanwar. Previously, he served as curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from 2008 to 2016, where he curated “Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro (2010) and “For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979” (2015).

A noted scholar of Japanese art and architecture, Nakamori has contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues and has taught graduate seminars at Hunter College and Rice University. In a press statement, Tate said, “Nakamori’s appointment continues Tate’s commitment to collecting and exhibiting photography.” Nakamori will take up the post in October 2018.