Darra has been the curator or guest curator of four exhibitions on topics ranging from Russian and Soviet art to graphic design and cutlery. The exhibitions have been shown nationally and internationally at such venues as the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City; IVAM, Centro Julio Gonzalez in Valencia; and the Suntory Museum in Tokyo.
Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table
Curated with Ellen Lupton and Sarah Coffin at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 5 May – 29 October 2006; Winterthur Museum and Estate, 1 November 2008 – 1 February 2009.
The World Opened Wide: 20th-Century Russian Women Artists. Selections from the Thomas P. Whitney Collection
Curated with Jill Meredith at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, March 2001.
Graphic Design in the Mechanical Age
Venues at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York; IVAM, Centro Julio Gonzalez, Valencia, Spain; Suntory Museum, Tokyo; Kawasaki Museum; Obihiro Museum; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle.
Art for the Masses: Russian Revolutionary Art from the Merrill C. Berman Collection
Williams College Museum of Art, 27 January – 12 May 1985.