In fall 2012, Eungie Joo became the director of art and cultural programs at Instituto Inhotim in Brumadinho, Brazil, a contemporary art complex where industrialist Bernardo Paz shows works from his own collection and regularly commissions major site-specific pieces. The New York Times has described it as "a vast garden of art in the hills of Brazil." From 2007–12, Joo was the Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs at the New Museum, New York. There she organized the 2011 triennial The Ungovernables, which presented international contemporary art to North American audiences, and she spearheaded the Museum as Hub, an experimental art initiative that forged international museum partnerships to explore artistic, curatorial and institutional practice.
Before the New Museum, Joo was director and curator at Redcat in Los Angeles from 2003 to 2007. She served as an advisor on the 2008 Carnegie International and received the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement in 2006. Joo served as a Pew Fellowships panelist at the Center in 2006 and she participated in a Center roundtable discussion in February 2011 with Pablo Helguera, director of adult and academic programs in the department of education at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Recently she was named as the curator of Sharjah Biennial 12, opening in March 2015.