MUSEUMVIEWS Consultancy has been working with public and private collectors, and cultural patrons, since 1999. Founded by American museologist, curator and filmmaker Homa Taj, MUSEUMVIEWS Consultancy provides advisory services on a global scale to public and private arts and cultural organizations in the United States, Europe and parts of the Middle East.
MUSEUMVIEWS Consultancy is a division of MUSEUMVIEWS Productions LLC., founded 2003. Our latest film projects include Nantucket Atheneum (short, 2013), Maria’s Comet (short, 2014), Steely Eyed Samurai (short, post-production), René (feature, development) and THE DEALER (feature, development).
HOMA TAJ (IMDb) is an American curator & filmmaker who divides her time between NYC, Los Angeles and South Florida.
Homa’s first brush with the art of performance came during high school, on Long Island NY, when she briefly studied with the legendary American dancer & choreographer Jacques D’Amboise. A principal dancer of the New York City Ballet, D’Amboise founded the National Dance Institute in 1976 with a mission of “inspiring children through the arts.”
Between 1989 and 1999, Homa studied at the prestigious Stella Adler Conservatory and worked as a production assistant on a number of independent film and theatre projects, in New York City. Later in the decade, she pursued film and video studies with John Gianvito, the former Curator of the Harvard Film Archives and a recipient of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture (2001). During this time, she made a number of short films including Waiting For Van Gogh and an experimental animation film based on Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period masterpiece Seated Nude Back (1902).
Daughter of a painter, Homa’s interest in making films about artists and visual arts inspired her to pursue academic research in art history – museology, history of collecting, and the art market. Homa holds post-graduate degrees in museology (Harvard University); 19th-20th century fine arts and their institutional histories (The Courtauld Institute); and, histories of museums & collecting (University of Oxford). She wrote her unpublished doctoral dissertation on the comparative history of museums and emerging markets, c 1870′s-1940′s, at the University of Oxford, UK.
Since c. 1997, Homa has visited and studied well over two thousand museums & art institutions and has worked with hundreds of visual arts professionals throughout the United States, Western Europe & parts of the Middle East. Since 2003, Homa has served as an Arts and Cultural Adviser to a number of public (institutional) and private collectors in the United States, The Netherlands, Germany (Berlin), Great Britain and the Middle East.
In addition, over the past several years, Homa’s travels have taken her to various film festival where she has made the acquaintance of a great number of filmmakers, throughout Europe and North America including: Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and others.
In late Spring 2014, Homa will serve as a judge at The International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy (France), in Spring 2014.
She can be reached at email@example.com.
Have visited, studied & compiled a huge archive of some fifteen thousand videos and photographs from more than two thousand museums & art galleries in the United States, Western Europe & the Middle East, including: France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Iran, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States… among other places.
A select list of Homa TAJ’s interviews include:
FILMMAKERS & Performers
CURATORS & Dealers
Founder and Editor, MuseumViews, 2003-Present
Producer, Interviewer: In Conversation with…[VIDEO Series], 2013-Ongoing
Rene (feature, development), 2016
Nantucket Atheneum (short film), 2013
Maria’s Comet (short film), 2014
Steely Eyed Samurai (short film), 2014
Homa is also writing and producing a web series on visual arts & their patronage in Los Angeles.
Writer & Producer, Pilot episodes on Museums & Collectors, Summer, 2002 – Arts Nantucket, Channel 17, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA
Writer, Director, Editor, “Jennifer Ricci: Portrait of a Poet,” Video Documentary, 1999
Writer, Director, Editor, “Waiting for Van Gogh,” Video Documentary, 1999
Artist, Writer, Director, Editor, “16 mm Experimental Animation,” 1999
Select List of Invited Lectures & Curatorial Projects
“The Riddle of the Barnes Foundation,” Nantucket Historical Association, September 2007
“The Great Blockbuster (1931) at the Royal Academy of Art,” State of the Art, collecting art and national formation c. 1800-2000 Conference, National Maritime Museum, London, UK, July 17-19, 2007
Organizer, & Co-convener with Dr. Marius Kwint, Comparative Museology Conference, “Museum formation in China, the Middle East, the Balkans and in Diaspora,” Department of History of Art, Oxford University, UK, June 8, 2007
& Presenter, “The Foundational History of Museums in Developing Countries”
Graduate Seminars – Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford, UK
“A history of The National Museum of Iran,” April 23, 2007
“National Museum of Afghanistan: An aesthetic history,” One Book One Island (Afghan Awareness Season), Nantucket Historical Association, Nantucket, USA, March 25, 2007
“Nationalist Cultural Policy and Museum Formation, a Comparative View,” History of Collecting Seminars, Department of Art History - University of Oxford, UK, February 14, 2007
“Musing the Nation: Creation of Museums in the Middle east (1878-1941),” Academic Seminars Series, St. Catherine’s College – University of Oxford, UK, January, 2007
“Nationalism and Formation of Museums,” Middle Eastern Studies Graduate Seminars – University of Oxford, UK, Spring 2006
Convener of Departmental Seminars, Department of History of Art, University of Oxford, UK, Trinity, 2003
Curator – Rolande Guillosou, Alliance Française – Boston, MA, 2001
*Created 70 Limited-Edition Artist’s Book with Celebrated French Poet Robert Marteau & Documentary Artist Maria Reggiani
Arts-on-the-Point Sculpture Park - University of Massachusetts Boston
Researcher – Grant Proposal Research : National Endowment for Humanities, 1999- 2000
Harvard University Fine Arts Library – Boston, MA
Academic Assistant – Visual Collections, 1997- 1999
“Foundational History of Museums in Iran c. 1870-1940: A Comparative Study,” Doctoral Dissertation, Oriental Institute, Oxford University, 2009
“Who is Sol Lewitt?” Research Paper, Department of History of Art, Oxford University, 2003
“The Reciprocal Influence between Albert C. Barnes and John Dewey,” MSt. Thesis, Department of History of Art, Oxford University, 2003
“6000 Calvin Coolidges, The Riddle of the Barnes Foundation,” Research Paper, Department of History of Art, Oxford University, 2002
“French Nineteenth-Century Orientalist Landscapes,” MA Thesis, the Courtauld Institute of Art, 2001
“Museum of Fetish,” Final Thesis, Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies, Harvard University, 2000
“Pierre Auguste Renoir in Algeria, 1881-82,” Honors Paper, University of Massachusetts Boston, 1999