Mitra Abbaspour is an independent curator and scholar based in New York. From 2010 – 2014, she was Associate Curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, where she led an international research initiative to explore photographic modernism. Object:Photo. Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection 1909 – 1949 and the digital humanities platform at www.MoMA.org/ObjectPhoto are the results of that work.
Her research considers the history of photography in the Middle East and its role in defining the contemporary cultural landscape. She has authored essays and catalogs on contemporary photographers from Hassan Hajjaj to Shirin Neshat. She served as part of a curatorial team for the exhibition Re-Orientations: Islamic Art and the West in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, culled from the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Additionally, she has taught seminars on histories of modern and contemporary art as well as Islamic art.