Hitomi Iwasaki

Head of Exhibitions and Curator, Queens Museum

Hitomi Iwasaki is Head of Exhibitions and Curator at the Queens Museum, and has been a member of the Museum’s curatorial staff since 1996. She has worked on landmark exhibitions, including Cai Guo Qiang (1997) and Global Conceptualism: Points of Origins 1950s-1980s (1999–2001), Caribbean: Crossroad of the World (2012), and After Midnight: Indian Moderns and Contemporary Indian Art (2016).

Hitomi has organized a number of group exhibitions of emerging artists, including iterations of Queens International (2002, 2004, 2014 and 2016), and project exhibitions with emerging and mid-career artists, including the Museum’s first artist-in-residence program with Johanna Unzueta, Daniel Bozhkov, Duke Riley, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Sable Elyse Smith, and many others.

She organized Bringing the World into the World (2015), a major exhibition that centered around the Museum’s Panorama of the City of New York and its 50th anniversary with fifteen cross-generational international artists, and most recently Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake, 2011- 2018 (2018) and Christine Sun Kim: Time Owes Me Rest Again (2022) and Aliza Nisenbaum: Queens, Lindo y Querido (2023). Her most recent publications include Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake (2018; Queens Museum and Dancing Fox Press/New York) and The Panorama Handbook: Thoughts and Visions On and Around the Panorama of the City of New York (2018, Queens Museum). Hitomi won the International Association of Art Critic’s (IACA) Curator’s Award for Best Project in a Public Space, 2009-2010. She is currently preparing for an exhibition and publication of Aki Sasamoto (Fall 2023), performance artist in New York. 

A light-skinned woman with ear-length salt and pepper hair, thick glasses wearing a black cardigan standing in a gallery.

Hitomi Iwasaki. Image courtesy of the curator.