Assistant Curator of American Art
Before joining the Brooklyn Museum in 2012, Dalila Scruggs served as Mellon Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts at the Williams College Museum of Art. As a Mellon Fellow, Scruggs wore dual hats as both curator and educator, assisting in a reinstallation project for the museum’s permanent collection as well as teaching a survey course on African American art. Her work as a Mellon Fellow culminated in 2009, when she curated the much-praised exhibition African Americans and the American Scene, 1929–45. Scruggs earned her Ph.D. in Art History from Harvard University, where she focused on African American art and traditional West African art. In 2012, she published an essay drawn from her dissertation in Early African American Print Culture, edited by Lara Langer Cohen and Jordan Alexander Stein.