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Marissa Del Toro

Curator and Art Historian

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Marissa Del Toro is an independent curator and art historian of contemporary and modern art of the Americas, currently she is Assistant Director of Exhibitions and Programs at NXTHVN in New Haven, CT. In both her professional and personal life, she continues to work towards the promotion and advocacy for diverse narratives within art.

 

Since 2021, Del Toro has worked with Museums Moving Forward, a data-driven initiative to support greater equity and accountability in art museum workplaces through coalition-building, research, and advocacy. She is currently co-curating with Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and Gilbert Vicaro the upcoming traveling exhibition, Xican-a.o.x. Body set for Summer 2023; she has guest curated and written for several institutions including the Latinx Project at NYU, Lehmann Maupin in New York City, and the Mission Cultural Latino Center in San Francisco, CA. She was most recently a 2021-2022 curatorial fellow at NXTHVN, where she co-curated two exhibitions and worked alongside the studio fellows in developing their professional practice. She previously held positions at Phoenix Art Museum from 2018-2020; Santa Barbara Museum of Art from 2017-2018; the Getty Research Institute as a Graduate Intern from 2016-2017; UTSA Art Gallery as the Curatorial Assistant Intern from 2014 to 2015. In July 2015, she participated in the Latino Museum Studies Program at the Smithsonian Latino Center. She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with her MA in Art History and is originally from Southern California, where she received her BA in Art History from the University of California, Riverside.

Experience

June 2020 - Present

Curator and Art Historian

Independent

June 2021 - June 2022

Curatorial Fellow

NXTHVN

June 2021 - Present

Co-Director of Research & Communications

Museums Moving Forward

September 2022 - Present

Assistant Director of Programs and Exhibitions

NXTHVN

September 2018 - May 2020

DAMLI Curatorial Fellow

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

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