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Layla S. Diba
Layla S. Diba is an independent curator living in New York. She began her career as art advisor to the Private Secretariat of the Shahbanou of Iran. She served as Director and Chief Curator of the Negarestan Museum of 18th and 19th century Iranian Art from its inception in 1975 until 1978. She served as Hagop Kevorkian Associate Curator of Islamic Art (January 1990 to 1998) and as Curator (1998 to December, 2000) at the Brooklyn Museum. In 1994, Dr. Diba was appointed Visiting Professor at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture. She writes and lectures on various aspects of Islamic art, specializing in Persian art of the seventeenth century and later. In 2004, she curated an exhibition of the contemporary Iranian photographer Sadegh Tirafkan at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York. In 2006, she was appointed Islamic Curator for the Cultural Development Master Plan and Abu Dhabi Guggenheim Museum Proposal. She is currently working on a catalogue of the Wolf collection of Turkoman jewelry, to be published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Guggenheim Museum’s Asian Art Council: Contemporary Reflections on Modernity in Asia
Volume 9, Number 3, May/June 2010
by Xu Bing, Layla S. Diba, Geeta Kapur, Midori Matsui, Alexandra Munroe
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