Perrin Lathrop

Assistant Curator of African Art
(609) 258-3770

Perrin Lathrop joined the Princeton University Art Museum as Assistant Curator of African Art in 2022. She was previously postdoctoral fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Maryland and the Phillips Collection (2021–22), the Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellow at Fisk University Galleries (2018–19), and predoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (2017–18). As a curatorial associate in the arts of global Africa at the Newark Museum of Art (2012–2013), Perrin curated The Art of Translation: The Simon Ottenberg Gift of Modern and Contemporary Nigerian Art. She received her PhD from Princeton University in the Department of Art and Archaeology with a graduate certificate in African American Studies in 2021. Her research, teaching, and curatorial work explore the interlocking intellectual histories and networks of nationalism, Pan-Africanism, and modernism that informed art produced under the strictures of colonialism in Africa. Perrin is cocurator of the traveling exhibition African Modernism in America with Fisk University Galleries and the American Federation of Arts and editor of its award-winning publication.