Critical Issuses in Public Art presents: Nato Thompson

Season II of our lecture series “Critical Issues in Public Art” will commence with a lecture by the American curator Nato Thompson.

Thompson joined the New York-based foundation Creative Time in January 2007. Thompson, who is now the foundation’s Chief Curator, has organized numerous ambitious projects including the annual symposium “The Creative Time Summit” (2009-2014), this year in Stockholm (November 14-15th 2014).

He has also organized Suzanne Lacy’s “Between the Door and the Street” (2013), Nick Cave’s “HEARD•NY” (2013), Trevor Paglen’s “The Last Pictures” (2012), “Living as Form” (2011), Paul Ramirez Jonas’s “Key to the City” (2010), Jeremy Deller’s “It is What it is” (2009 ), which Thompson co-curated with Laura Hoptman and Amy Mackie of the New Museum, “Democracy in America: The National Campaign” (2008), and Paul Chan’s “Waiting for Godot in New Orleans” (2007).

Previously Thompson was Curator at MASS MoCA, where he arranged several major exhibitions, including “The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere” (2004), which was accompanied by a catalogue published by MIT Press. His writings have appeared in many publications, including BookForum, Frieze, Art Forum, Parkett, Cabinet, and The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.

In 2005 he received the Art Journal Award for Distinguished Writing. For Independent Curators International, Thompson has curated the exhibition “Experimental Geography”. His book of the same title is available from Melville House Publishing. Thompson’s book “Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the Age of Cultural Production”, will be published by Melville House in 2016.


Wednesday, November 19th 2014


Kristian Augusts gate 23, 8th floor, Oslo, Norway

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