Erhan Tamur

Erhan Tamur

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Biography

I am currently the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow (2022-24) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where I take part in the reimagining of the permanent galleries of Ancient Near Eastern art.

I received my PhD in art history and archaeology from Columbia University with a dissertation titled “Site-worlds: Art, Time, and Politics In and Beyond Tello (ancient Girsu).” My most recent publications include a critical discussion of art-historical theory in the twentieth century which focuses on the works of Meyer Schapiro and Hans Sedlmayr (published in RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics), and a research essay on the politics of archaeology and the introduction of steamship services in Ottoman Iraq (published in the Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Foundation).

I also co-curated an international loan exhibition on ancient Mesopotamian art at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, which will open in October 2022.

Education
  • PhD

    Columbia University, 2022

  • MA

    Freie Universität Berlin, 2016

  • BA

    Boğaziçi University, 2010