Theo Tyson interrogates sociocultural themes of race, gender, and sexuality through a lens of fashion, its histories, and theories in conversation with historical and contemporary photography. As a curator and scholar, Tyson uses visual culture and accessible language to offer counternarratives of sartorial resistance.
After receiving undergraduate degrees in Management and Fashion Marketing, she began over 20 years of entrepreneurial and corporate experience working with clients including Bloomingdale’s, Dior and Sony Pictures that gave her a unique perspective on the impact and relevance of clothing and dress. after completing her graduate studies in 2018 at Savannah college of art and design, she’s since leveraged her expertise and education into a more academic framework. this has included work as a Project Manager at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art for an original exhibition catalogue for “deborah roberts: the evolution of mimi” and as a freelance fashion exhibition stylist for SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion & Film, worked on original, traveling exhibitions “pierre cardin: pursuit of the future” and “guo pei: couture beyond.“
Tyson is currently the Polly Thayer Starr Fellow in American Art and Culture at the Boston Athenæum, one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries and cultural institutions in the United States. She seeks to reach beyond simply studying their collections to creating innovative programs and curating experiential exhibitions that engage new communities and reimagine Boston’s cultural landscape.