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Nina Katchadourian

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B.A., Visual Art, Brown University, 1989
M.F.A., Visual Art, University of California, San Diego, 1993
I.S.P., Whitney Independent Study Program, 1996

Nina Katchadourian is an interdisciplinary artist whose work includes video, performance, sound, sculpture, photography and public projects. Her video Accent Elimination was included at the 2015 Venice Biennale in the Armenian pavilion, which won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. In 2016 Katchadourian created Dust Gathering, an audio tour on the subject of dust, for the Museum of Modern Art. A traveling solo museum survey of her work entitled Curiouser opened in March 2017 at the Blanton Museum of Art and toured to the Cantor Art Center at Stanford University in fall 2017. It will conclude at the BYU Museum in Provo, Utah in March 2018. An accompanying monograph, also entitled Curiouser and edited by curator Veronica Roberts, is available from Tower Books. Katchadourian's work is public and private collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Blanton Museum of Art, Morgan Library, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Margulies Collection, and Saatchi Gallery. She has won grants and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation, the Tiffany Foundation, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, and the Nancy Graves Foundation. Katchadourian lives and works in Brooklyn and she is an associate professor on the faculty of NYU Gallatin. She is represented by Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, and Pace Gallery, New York..  

Performances, Productions, Exhibitions & Releases



Nina Katchadourian’s solo exhibition, "Nursery," opened on September 25, 2022 at Pace Gallery East Hampton, and her solo exhibition, "To Feel Something That Was Not of Our World," showed at Pace Gallery, London in July 2022. Her solo exhibition "Uncommon Denominator" was on display at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York from February 10 to May 28, 2023.


Turning Obsessions into Art

For the first episode of the second season of Criss Cross, podcast host KC Trommer spoke with Gallatin faculty member and celebrated multimedia artist Nina Katchadourian about the collaborative process behind To Feel Something That Was Not of Our World, an art exhibition which premiered at the Catherine Clark Gallery in San Francisco in January 2021. Having read the book, Survive the Savage Sea (1973), as a child, Katchadourian and shipwreck survivor Douglas Robertson scheduled daily phone calls during the early days of the pandemic for thirty-eight consecutive days, mirroring the time that Robertson and his family were adrift at sea. Based off of the exchange, Katchadourian created videos, sculptures, photographs, drawings, text message exchanges, and excerpts from her recorded phone calls with Robertson. To Feel Something That Was Not of Our World is currently on display at the Columbus Museum of Art through April 24, 2022.


Katchadourian at Pace Gallery

Cumulus, Nina Katchadourian's first show at New York’s Pace Gallery, was reviewed in the May 27, 2021, issue of the New York Times: “Nina Katchadourian’s Eccentric Existentialism.”


Katchadourian at Catherine Clarke

Nina Katchadourianʼs first solo exhibition at the Catharine Clark Gallery, “To Feel Something That Was Not of Our World,” was celebrated in a full page review in the New York Times and in the San Francisco Chronicle. Katchadourianʼs sound sculpture, “Talking Popcorn,” was included in Imagining Data, a virtual exhibition at the Museum of Craft and Design.


Album Release

Nina Katchadourian and Brooklyn-based guitarist Lisa Liu form the sTans, which is also the name of their first album that was released on March 6, 2020.  

Awards & Honors


Nina Katchadourian Joins Pace Gallery

Artist Nina Katchadourian has joined Pace Gallery, a leading contemporary art gallery, which just unveiled its new eight-floor headquarters in New York City.

Conferences & Residencies


Katchadourian Rauschenberg Residency

Nina Katchadourian was a 2018 Artist-in-Residence through the The Rauschenberg Foundation and stayed on Captiva Island, Florida, at the former site of Rauschenberg's home and studio.



Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser - exhibition catalogue

Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser, Nina Katchadourian's exhibition catalogue, edited by Veronica Roberts for the Blanton Museum of Art was published by University of Texas at Austin.


Sorted Books

Nina Katchadourian's Sorted Books is published by Chronicle Books.

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 

Recent News


Nina Katchadourian’s solo exhibition, “To Feel Something That Was Not of Our World” was held at the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, California, from January 9-February 20, 2021.

Nina Katchadourian’s "Monument to the Unelected" was shown in November 2020 at eight venues simultaneously: Pace Gallery (NY), Catharine Clark Gallery (San Francisco, CA), mOcA and Transformer Station (both Cleveland, OH), Roots Community Health Center (Oakland, CA), Grand Central Arts Center (Orange County, CA), SMoCA (Scottsdale, CA) and the Abrahamson Family Trust (Madison, WI).  

Nina Katchadourian’s traveling solo survey exhibition, Curiouser, was on view at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, from March until June 2017; at the Cantor Art Center at Stanford University from September to January 2018, and will travel to its final stop, the BYU Museum of Art in Utah, in March 2018. A monograph, also entitled Curiouser, was published in conjunction with the show, with writings by curator Veronica Roberts, Nina Katchadourian, and fifteen other contributors.

Katchadourian’s work was included at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the show entitled Talking Pictures: Camera-Phone Conversations Between Artists, which was held from June 27–December 17, 2017.

In 2017, the Museum of Modern Art was home to Professor Katchadourian’s “Dust Gathering: An Audio + Experience.”   


Katchadourian attended the 2017 Global Arts Conference at the NYU Berlin campus in June 2017 for three days of presentations and discussions with arts faculty from many of NYU's global sites and programs.

For 2017-2018, Katchadourian gave lectures/presentations at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Rhode Island School of Design, Stanford University, and the University of Texas at Austin.


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.

For The Metropolitan Museum of Art's a new video series, The Artist Project, 100 contemporary artists reflect on five thousand years of art at the Met, each considering a single work of art from the Museum's collection. Professor Katchadourian is featured in the first set of videos in the series.

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.