New and Familiar Faces at the MFA

Patron Program Committee

The Museum recently announced the appointment of a chief development officer and five curatorial chairs.

New Hires

Cameran Mason, Chief Development Officer

Cameran joined the MFA in July. In her new role, she manages all areas of development and Board relations. Cameran brings impressive accomplishments and visionary leadership to the MFA. Most recently, she served as vice president of resources and public affairs at Wellesley College, where she led a $500 million development campaign.

“I am thrilled to be joining the MFA at this time of great energy and promise. I look forward to collaborating with the MFA team and working with the Museum’s wonderful supporters to position the MFA as Boston’s most dynamic hub for art and engagement with the issues of our time.”

Reto Thuring, Beal Family Chair, Department of Contemporary Art

A native of Basel, Switzerland, Reto joined the MFA in September. He arrives from the Cleveland Museum of Art, where he oversaw the contemporary collection, curated many wonderful exhibitions, and significantly developed the collection of contemporary art with a diverse range of artists. Reto’s doctoral dissertation focused on 16th-century Venetian portraiture.

“The MFA is poised to play an important role in addressing the cultural, political, and social complexities of our time. I strongly believe contemporary art provides a necessary lens through which to look at these issues, across time and on a global scale.”

Christina Yu Yu, Matsutaro Shoriki Chair, Art of Asia

Christina joined the MFA in July as the new chair of Art of Asia. In this role, she leads a team of curators overseeing the MFA’s extensive holdings—more than 100,000 works in total—from Japan, China, Korea, Southeast Asia, and the Islamic world. Most recently, Christina served as the director of USC Pacific Asia Museum. Born and raised in China, Christina began her curatorial career as a graduate intern at the MFA and completed her PhD at the University of Chicago, focusing on paintings from China’s Yuan dynasty. She is fluent in Chinese and Japanese.

“Not just Boston, but the MFA, holds a special place in my heart. Masterpieces from the MFA’s collection have sparked interest in generations of visitors, including myself.”

Curatorial Promotions

Anne Havinga, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Chair, Photography

Anne began her career at the MFA in 2001 as the Museum’s first curator of photographs. She has organized more than 35 exhibitions, most recently “Alfred Stieglitz and Modern America.”

Christine Kondoleon, George D. and Margo Behrakis Chair, Art of Ancient Greece and Rome

Christine has been a curator of ancient Greek and Roman Art at the MFA for the past 17 years, organizing many landmark exhibitions, and most recently working on the new gallery, Daily Life in Ancient Greece.

Rita Freed, John F. Cogan Jr. and Mary L. Cornille Chair, Art of Ancient Egypt, Nubia, and the Near East

Over the last several years, Rita has overseen the planning of the MFA’s new Classical galleries. Recently, she worked with the FBI on DNA testing of the head of the mummy of Djehutynakht.