MUSEUMVIEWS was founded by American museologist, artist & filmmaker Homa Taj, in 2003.
For more than three decades, HOMA’s interests in the arts has spanned the worlds of theater, film and visual arts.
Daughter of a self-taught painter, Homa began painting in high school in the late 1980’s. Her first brush with performance arts also 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.
During the 1990’s, Homa studied at the prestigious Stella Adler Conservatory (1989-1991), and worked as a production assistant on a number of independent film and theatre projects, in New York City & Boston. Later in the decade, she pursued film and video production when 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). To date, Homa has made nine short experimental films.
Starting in 2013, she returned to her roots as a visual artist by making mixed media conceptual art with focus on cinema, as well as her experiences of living through a revoution, a war and migration …
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 She also wrote her unpublished doctoral dissertation on the comparative history of museums in emerging markets, c 1870′s-1940′s, at the University of Oxford, UK.
In 2015, Homa founded the annual museum advocacy project International Museum Workers Day IMWD which last year was celebrated in 150+ countries – some of the inspiring participants were based out of:
Bhutan, Azerbaijan, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Moldova, Chad, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Mozambique, Ghana, Cameroon, Belaize, Oman, Madagascar, Jordan, Swaziland, Botswana, Congo, Jamaica, Nepal, Kazakhstan, Zimbabwi, Benin, Vietnam, Papa New Guinea, Suriname, Brunei, Haiti, Cote d’Ivoire, Malaysia, Burkina Faso, Togo, Dominican Republic, Mali, Rwanda, Chad, Senegal, South Africa, Yemen … & numerous others …
IMWD2017 also counted the participation of:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Musee Louvre; Galleria degli Uffizi; LACMA; El Museo Soumaya; Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin; The Gardner Museum; Modern Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro; International Center of Photography; American Federation of Arts; LA Opera; Hispanic Society of America; National Museum Philippines; AAMers (& Future of Museums); Museum Directors; International Council of Museums ICOM; ICOM USA; ICOM Canada; ICOM Italia; … & very many others…