February 14, 2024

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino has appointed Tey Marianna Nunn as associate director of content and interpretation. In addition to overseeing the museum’s curatorial affairs and collections, Nunn will supervise exhibitions, public programs, audience engagement and digital initiatives.

“Tey’s curatorial knowledge and experience will help the American Latino Museum plan exhibitions and programs that elevate diverse stories,” said Jorge Zamanillo, founding director of the museum. “With her guidance, we’ll also collect objects that help deepen understanding of U.S. Latino history and culture.” 

Nunn was previously director of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, leading the Institution’s efforts to research, collect, document, display and share the compelling story of women. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Nunn led curatorial projects and programs as director and chief curator of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and curator of Contemporary Hispano and Latino Collections at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has also served on the boards of the American Association of Museums and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. 

Nunn earned her doctorate degree from the University of New Mexico in Latin American studies, a dual disciplinary program with an emphasis on Latino and Latin American history and art history. Her academic experience includes an internship and multiple fellowships at the Smithsonian, including the Latino Museum Studies Program class of 1994.

About the National Museum of the American Latino

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American was established by Congress in 2020 to advance the representation, understanding and appreciation of Latino history and culture in the United States. The museum operates the Smithsonian’s first exhibition space dedicated to the Latino experience, the Molina Family Latino Gallery, at the National Museum of American History. The American Latino Museum also expands scholarly research, public programs, digital content, collections and more. Connect with the museum at latino.si.edu and follow @USLatinoMuseum on FacebookInstagram and X (formerly Twitter).