The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York has appointed Sean Anderson as associate curator in its Department of Architecture and Design effective immediately.
Martino Stierli, The Philip Johnson Chief curator of architecture and design will lead Anderson as he works with the other associates. The responsibilities of this new position include supervising the recurring “Issues in Contemporary Architecture” exhibition series, assisting in the Young Architects Program both at MoMA PS1 and with global partners, and serving as the principal liaison to local communities and around the world. This role is a new position within the department, while absorbing some of the duties of Pedro Gadanho, a former MoMA curator who left to become the first artistic director of Libson's new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology.
Since 2012, Anderson was a senior lecturer of design and history and undergraduate program director at the University of Sydney in Australia. Anderson's resume also boasts impressive fieldwork in the evolution of architectural spaces in Africa and South Asia.
He holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University, an M.Arch. from Princeton University, and a PhD in art history from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He also worked and lectured in India, Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Italy.
In 2004, Anderson was also named a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, where he studied Modern Italian Studies. Support by other programs for his cultural and architectural research in the past includes the Social Science Research Council, UCLA, and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.