Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander is the Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Cantor Arts Center. At the Cantor, she is responsible for acquiring works by Asian American and Asian diasporic artists. Alexander cultivates relationships with AAPI community members, donors, artist estates, and living artists to help build the Cantor’s growing collection of Asian American art. Since she assumed the position in 2018, Alexander has acquired works by Ruth Asawa, Bernice Bing, Sung-woo Chun, Dominique Fung, Hisako Hibi, Michael Jang, Chiura Obata, and Carlos Villa, among others, for the Cantor’s collection. She collaborates with the Cantor team to develop innovative exhibitions and campus programming surrounding the work of American artists.
Alexander has been invited to present her research and writing at the Harvard Art Museums, Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Folk Art Museum, Fabric Workshop Museum, Laband Art Gallery, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; her scholarship has been supported by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, and the American Craft Council. From 2017-2018 she was a Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.