Dr. Diala Toure is the curator of collections at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art in Baltimore. Prior to this appointment, she has held teaching appointments at elite universities (the University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of San Francisco and the University of Minnesota). Diala has served as a senior art consultant to world-class institutions (the Barnes Foundation, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology). Diala has served as a reviewer at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in Washington, DC.
Born in Paris into a family of renowned art dealers and collectors, Dr. Toure received her Doctorate in History of Art from the University of the Sorbonne and is the author of a book, several articles and exhibition catalogues.
Diala has given public lectures on African art and African American art at several institutions such as: Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Detroit Institute of Art. She is member of several professional organizations (Association of Art Museum Curators, American Alliance of Museums, The Arts Council of the African Studies Association and Art Table).
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