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

Curated with Deborah Rothschild (Williams College Museum of Art) and Ellen Lupton (Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum) at the Williams College Museum of Art, 25 April – 1 November 1998.

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.

Venues at Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University; Johnson Gallery (now the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury College; Addison Gallery of American Art.