Assistant Curator of Collections
Erika Umali joined us in November 2017 as the Mellon Curatorial Fellow, a position she held until December 2019, when she was appointed Assistant Curator of Collections. In that position, she works across curatorial departments on all aspects of the collection, including acquisitions, deaccessions, and loans. Umali's work focuses on cross-cultural exchange, with an emphasis on the effects of colonization, accessibility within cultural institutions, engaging local and source communities, and decolonizing practices. She also co-leads our Staff Committee for Institutional History, Collections Practices, and Provenance and, most recently, co-curated Jeffrey Gibson: When Fire Is Applied to a Stone It Cracks. Previously, Umali worked with the Onassis Cultural Center New York, Freud Foundation U.S., and Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, all in New York, and the Robbins Museum of Archaeology, in Massachusetts.
Umali received her B.A. in anthropology from Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts, with a focus in archaeology and material culture of Native North America and an M.A. in museum studies from New York University.