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Nina Katchadourian

Clinical Associate Professor
(212) 992-7635
1 Wash Pl, Room 739

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

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.

Performances, Productions, Exhibitions & Releases


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.


Nina Katchadourian's 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


Professor 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.”  

In the November 9, 2016, issue of The New Yorker, Gallatin faculty Amanda Petrusich's "'I'm with Hillary 2016: A Clinton Campaign Sign's Final Resting Place" covers Katchadourian's "Monument to the Unelected," a collection of fifty-eight lawn signs touting the campaigns of those who ran for the country's executive office and lost.

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.  


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.

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.  

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.

Professor Katchadourian was featured in the March 3, 2015 Wall Street Journal article "The Artist Who Creates at 30,000 Feet."