Lanfranco Aceti works as an artist, curator, and academic. Currently, he is Visiting Professor and Research Affiliate at Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) @ MIT. He is the founder of The Studium: Lanfranco Aceti Inc. He is also the founder and Director of OCR (Operational and Curatorial Research in Contemporary Art, Design, Science and Technology) and founder and Director of MoCC (Museum of Contemporary Cuts).
He has exhibited numerous personal projects including Car Park, a public performance in the UK at the John Hansard Gallery; Who The People? an installation artwork acquired in its entirety by the Chetham’s Library and Museum in Manchester; and Sowing and Reaping, installation artworks acquired in their entirety by the National Museum of Contemporary Art of Cyprus; and Hope Coming On a site specific choral performance he designed with the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and realized in front of Turner’s Slave Ship. In 2017, Aceti prepared a series of new artworks for an exhibition entitled Shimmer and curated by Irini Papadimitriou (V&A) at the Tobazi Mansion in Hydra (annex of the Athens School of Fine Art) and a new large choral performance titled Accursed for the Thessaloniki Biennial in Greece.
Aceti is the director of Arts Administration at Boston University and the Editor in Chief of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (The MIT Press), for which he has edited more than 12 volumes. He has lectured internationally at prestigious institutions such as Yale, Harvard, RCA, Goldsmiths, and Central Saint Martins.
As a curator he previously worked as director of Kasa Gallery in Istanbul, where he exhibited a range of innovative artworks including 75Watts by Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, acquired by MoMA and Paolo Cirio’s Loophole4All, awarded the 2014 Golden Nica at Ars Electronica. Recently, he curated End of a Summer Bliss at the Kalfayan Gallery, as well as The Small Infinite at the John Hansard Gallery with artworks never previously exhibited from the estate of John Latham. Lanfranco Aceti has participated in numerous art fairs such as Art Athina, Art International, Supermarket, and Contemporary Istanbul, either as a curator or as an artist. In 2011, he curated the exhibition Uncontainable as part of the parallel events of the 12th Istanbul Biennial and exhibited artworks on the media facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb. In 2016 he curated a range of artworks as part of THE SOCIAL at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Boston Athenaeum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and other public spaces in Boston and London. In June 2017 he curated a new public performance by Stefanos Tsivopoulos on the White House sidewalk in collaboration with the Cooper Gallery at Harvard University. He is currently curating Empty Pr(oe)mises for the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens.