The Museum of Fine Arts director Gary Tinterow has appointed Mahrukh Tarapor as Senior Advisor for International Initiatives to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Dr. Tarapor is consultant specializing in international initiatives and partnerships for art museums, and was the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s director for international affairs from 2006 to 2010, where she negotiated ambitious loans leading to the exhibitions Al-Andalus: The Art of Islamic Spain (1992), Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids (1999), The Glory of Byzantium (1997) and China: Dawn of a Golden Age, 200–750 AD (2004). Dr. Tarapor received her doctorate in English and art history from Harvard University in 1977. She lives in Mumbai and Geneva.
Dr. Tarapor is charged with broadening the reach and influence of MFAH international initiatives, including the securing of traveling exhibitions and loans; developing relationships with foreign governments and cultural institutions; and developing new avenues for the exchange of scholarship. Dr. Tarapor’s initial focus will be the museum’s Arts of the Islamic World program.