Mariana Carpinisan is an art historian who lives in Paris and works as an independent curator and art advisor. From 2010 to 2011 she worked in Abu Dhabi as a Senior Manager and Head of Education, Public Programs & Publications at the United Arab Emirates’ TDIC, collaborating with AFM/Louvre, the British Museum, and the Guggenheim. While living in Washington, D.C. from 1995-2010, Mariana worked as an independent curator and art critic. She has maintained a long relationship with the Smithsonian, as a study leader for more than 60 Smithsonian journeys and as a lecturer for other Smithsonian programs. She has also held positions as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and assistant curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Born in Romania, Mariana was educated in Europe and the United States and is fluent in five languages.