Taina Caragol

Curator of painting and sculpture and Latino art and history, National Portrait Gallery

Taína Caragol is curator of painting and sculpture and Latino art and History at the National Portrait Gallery. Since 2013 she has led the effort to increase the representation of Latino historical figures and artists at the museum. During that time she has added over 130 portraits to the museum’s collection and curated the exhibitions Portraiture Now: Staging the Self, (which traveled to New York and Albuquerque in 2015), and One Life: Dolores Huerta, which is being expanded and redesigned for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service starting in 2018. She is also co-curator of Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze (May 2015-July2016), The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11-Present (April 2017-Jan. 2018), and UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar (March 2018-Jan. 2019).

Before joining Smithsonian, Caragol was Curator of Education at Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico in 2010. From 2003 to 2007 she worked as Latin American bibliographer for the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Between 2007-2008 she was a researcher at University of Essex, England for the investigation Latin American Art in the UK: History, Historiography, Specificity.

Caragol earned her Ph.D. at the Graduate Center, City University of New York in 2013 with a dissertation titled: Boom and Dust: The Rise of Latin American and Latino Art in New York Exhibition Venues and Auction Houses, 1970s–1980s. She has published essays on Latin American and Latino artists and has also written on the importance of archival preservation for contributing to a better understanding of the history of Latino and Latin American art in the United States.