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For two decades, Eva Respini has been curating groundbreaking and ambitious exhibitions and has worked with a range of artists exploring themes around representation and history, political agency, and material culture. At the ICA Respini has curated the critically acclaimed thematic exhibitions When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art (2019) and Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today (2018); and organized ambitious solo presentations with artists such as Firelei Báez (2021), Deana Lawson (2021), John Akomfrah (2019), Huma Bhabha (2019), and William Forsythe (2018).

Respini led the significant expansion of ICA’s exhibition program in 2018 with the opening of the ICA Watershed, the museum’s project space in East Boston where audiences encounter and experience
large-scale and immersive artworks.

Most recently, Respini served as curator and co-commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion’s historic Simone Leigh presentation for the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia in 2022. She is currently organizing the first mid-career survey exhibition of Leigh’s work, which will open at the ICA in March 2023 before touring across the country.

Respini joined the ICA in 2015, after more than a decade as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, where she organized a major retrospective of Cindy Sherman (2012), and the surveys Walid Raad (2015) and Robert Heinecken (2014).

Well respected in the art field, she teaches curatorial studies at Harvard University and publishes widely.