Soyoung Lee comes to Harvard from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s department of Asian art, where she has been a curator for the last 15 years. A specialist in Korean art, Lee will work in alongside director Martha Tedeschi, who joined the Harvard Art Museums from the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016.
Speaking to NPR’s Boston affiliate WBUR, Lee said that the opportunity will allow her to expand her areas of focus beyond Asian art. “I have been [at the Met] 15 years, had an incredible run, I’ve been nurtured by really amazing, generous people, I’ve had many successful exhibition projects—but this opportunity presented something much broader," she said.
Lee has been a champion of diversity at the Met, sitting on a task force focused on making the museum a more inclusive space. She told WBUR that she plans to tackle similar issues at the Harvard Art Museums, aiming to examine both the diversity of the museums’ staff and “the ways that we can reflect the communities that we serve.”