Alex Bortolot joined the Hood Museum's staff as Deputy Director in January 2023. Bortolot graduated from Harvard University with a BA in the history of art and architecture and holds a PhD in art history from Columbia University. An impassioned champion of museums and the communities they serve, Bortolot invests deeply in understanding audiences and establishing cultures of transparency, collaboration, and experimentation. Prior to his appointment at the Hood Museum of Art, he served for the past ten years as Content Strategist at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. There, he worked laterally across the museum's divisions and departments, leading strategic thinking regarding the presentation of its collection of nearly 100,000 artworks within its 140 galleries through special exhibitions, digital platforms and databases, and communications and publications. Bortolot is also a leading expert on the arts of the Makonde people of Mozambique and Tanzania, and his dissertation on that subject was recognized as an exceptional contribution to the field by the Arts Council of the African Studies Association. He is no stranger to the Dartmouth community, having worked as a visiting lecturer on African art in the Art History Department and as an assistant curator of special projects at the Hood Museum from 2008 to 2009.