Homa TAJ Nasab is an American curator, producer & filmmaker who divides her time between NYC, Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles and South Florida.
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 She wrote her unpublished doctoral dissertation on the comparative history of museums and emerging markets, c 1870’s-1940’s, at the University of Oxford, UK.
Homa’s first brush with performance greatness 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.”
In the early 1990’s, 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 her film studies, TAJ Nasab 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).
Since c. 1997, Homa has traveled to thousands of art well over two thousand museums as well as arts & cultural institutions and worked with hundreds of visual arts professionals throughout the United States, Western Europe & the Middle East. And, 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.
René: This Film Is Not Fiction is the first feature in a trilogy of dramas by Homa TAJ about the world of art and aesthetics. The second film tells the story of a thirty-something year-old art dealer; and the last feature is about a third generation art collector.
Homa is also writing and producing a web series on visual arts & their patronage entitled Muse’N LA.
In late Spring 2014, Homa will serve as a judge at The International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy (France), in Spring 2014.
Have visited, studied & compiled a photographic archive of some fifteen thousand 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.
For TAJ Nasab’s latest film projects, please visit: IMDb
Founder and Editor, MuseumViews, 2003-Present
Producer, Interviewer: In Conversation with…[VIDEO Series] 2013-Ongoing
RENE: This Film Is Not Fiction (Feature, 2015)
Trilogy of Short Films based on Frank J Cunningham’s Poems on arts & cultural institutions on Nantucket:
Maria’s Comet (short film, 2014)
Nantucket Atheneum (short film, 2013)
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
*** TAJ Nasab is currently writing and producing a feature length documentary about the art world and its institutions, including museums, the art market and academia.