Asma Naeem

Curator, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Asma Naeem is an art historian and curator of prints, drawings and media arts at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. In 2016, She curated the Portrait Gallery’s first all-media arts show on video art pioneer, Bill Viola. Upcoming exhibitions include a show on silhouettes, tentatively titled “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now,” and a retrospective of Los Angeles-based artist Don Bachardy. Specializing in American and Contemporary Islamic art, Naeem is particular interested in the effects of displacement, the history of technology, and the sensorial imagination of both artist and beholder. She holds a B.A. in art history and political science from Johns Hopkins University, a J.D. from Temple University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Before returning to art history, she practiced law as a prosecutor in Manhattan and Washington, D.C.

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