Nina Katchadourian is a visual artist who works in a range of media, including photography, installation, video, sound-based work and public projects. She has been included in group shows at MoMA/PS1, the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, and the Palais de Tokyo, and has had solo exhibitions at such institutions as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Turku Art Museum and the ArtPace Foundation for Contemporary Art. Her 10-year retrospective exhibition All Forms of Attraction at The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College was nominated for best monographic exhibition by the Association of International Art Critics. She has collaborated with Creative Time, SculptureCenter, the Public Art Fund, and Wave Hill to present several public projects in New York. Her work was included in the 2015 Venice Biennale’s “Armenity” exhibition, which won a Golden Lion Award for the Best National Pavilion. She is represented by Catharine Clark gallery in San Francisco.
Teaching and Research Interests
contemporary art (sculpture, sound, video, photography, drawing, and public art); contemporary drawings; hybrid visual art and music forms; interdisciplinary practice; collaboration; language and translation; animal studies
B.A. Visual Art & Literature and Society, Brown University, 1989 M.F.A. Visual Art, University of California, San Diego, 1993 , Whitney Independent Study Program, 1996
In March 2017, The Blanton Museum in Austin, Texas, opened a solo museum survey of Professor Nina Katchadourian's work, entitled Curiouser, with an accompanying monograph. Curiouser will travel in fall 2017 to the Cantor Art Center at Stanford, in California, and in April 2018 to the Institute for Contemporary Art in Richmond, Virginia.
From October 21, 2016 to April 21, 2017, The Museum of Modern Art will be home to Professor Nina Katchadourian’s “Dust Gathering: An Audio + Experience.” The end result of a two-year collaboration through Artists Experiment, "Dust Gathering" will offer an examination by Katchadourian of dust at the museum.
Katchadourian’s exhibition, “Accent Elimination,” was on display at the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor through April 2016. Her work is included in the exhibition Sight Reading: Photography and the Legible World which is on display at the Morgan Library in New York, New York through May 30, 2016.
Professor Katchadourian’s “Floater Theater,” will open at The Exploratorium, San Francisco, California, in May 2016. “Dust,” an audio tour project that Katchadourian created at MoMA, through the Artists Experiment program, will open in the summer of 2016. On May 28, 2016, “The Recarcassing Ceremony,” a new video by Katchadourian will be shown at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, as a part of the exhibition Explode Every Day: An Inquiry Into the Phenomena of Wonder.
Professor Katchadourian was awarded a 2015 Nancy Graves Foundation Grant. She was a guest artist at the Detroit, Michigan-based Signal–Return, a letterpress workshop and store, in March 2016. In March through April 2016, she delivered lectures on her work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MoMA, The Met Cloisters, The Met, and at the Morgan Library.
In May 2015, Creative Time and Central Park Conservancy unveiled the show Drifting in Daylight, to which Professor Katchadourian contributed "The Lamppost Weavers," a set of hand-woven bird nests incorporating man-made materials like tennis balls and running shoes, installed in three lampposts of Central Park's North End.
Nina Katchadourian, Michael Rakowitz, and The Office For Creative Research have been selected by MoMA for Artists Experiment, an annual initiative in the Department of Education that brings together contemporary artists in dialogue with MoMA educators to conceptualize ideas for developing innovative and experimental public interactions.
In August 2014, Professor Katchadourian was an artist-in-residence at the Pilchuck School of Glass, August 2014. Currently, she is working with MoMA as part of their "Artist Experiments" program to produce a series of projects that engages the public visiting the museum.
Professor Katchadourian was honored in The Brooklyn Museum’s 4th Annual “Brooklyn Artists Ball,” held in April 2014. She was featured in Art Net News for her series, "Seat Assignment," on view at the Brooklyn Museum. Her work was included in the 2014 BRIC Biennial Volume I, Dowtown Edition, and in the Brooklyn Museum's 2014 show "Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond."