Taína Caragol is Curator of Painting and Sculpture and of Latino Art and History at the National Portrait Gallery. Since 2013 she has led the effort to increase the representation of Latino historical figures and artists at the museum, adding over 170 portraits to the collection. She was the lead curator for Portraiture Now: Staging the Self (which traveled to New York and Albuquerque in 2015), curated One Life: Dolores Huerta, and co-curated The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11-Present. Most recently, she co-curated with Asma Naeem UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar. Currently, she is co-curating with NPG Historian Kate Lemay the exhibition 1898: The American Imperium, on the topic of American expansionism at the turn of the 20 th century.
Before joining Smithsonian, Caragol was Curator of Education at Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico in 2010. In 2007 she was a researcher at University of Essex, England for the investigation Latin American Art in the UK: History, Historiography, Specificity. From 2003 to 2007 she was Latin American bibliographer for the Museum of Modern Art.
Caragol earned her Ph.D. at the Graduate Center, City University of New York in 2013 with a dissertation titled: “Boom and Dust: The Rise of Latin American and Latino Art in New York Exhibition Venues and Auction Houses, 1970s–1980s.” She has published articles on the impact of exhibitions, archives, and the art market in the validation of art histories.