Melissa Ho is the curator of twentieth-century art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She joined the museum's staff in September 2016. Ho’s research, acquisitions, and exhibitions focus on art made since 1945. She is particularly interested in studying the connections between artistic practice and social and historical conditions, as well as debates surrounding abstraction, conceptualism and experimental art. Ho organized the exhibition Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975 (2019) and is currently at work on Composing Color: Paintings by Alma Thomas, an exhibition drawn from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection that will open in 2023.