Erhan Tamur

Erhan Tamur

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


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 She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia, 3400-2000 BC at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York (14 October 2022 - 19 February 2023).

  • PhD

    Columbia University, 2022

  • MA

    Freie Universität Berlin, 2016

  • BA

    Boğaziçi University, 2010