Asma Naeem is the Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Chief Curator at The Baltimore Museum of Art and a specialist in American art and contemporary South Asian art. Her shows at The Baltimore Museum of Art have included Isaac Julien: Baltimore, Candice Breitz: Too Long, Didn’t Read, and Valerie Maynard: Lost and Found, co-curated with Leslie Cozzi. Before joining the BMA, Asma was curator of Prints, Drawings, and Media Arts at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, where she curated, among others, Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now, and UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar (co-curated with Taína Caragol), the latter the largest showing of Kaphar’s work to date. Her second book, Out of Earshot: Sound, Technology, and Power in American Art, 1860-1900, was published in 2020 by the University of California, Berkeley Press.
Asma was born in 1969 in Karachi, Pakistan and is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.