The Curator

Nicholas Baume, photo by John Kennard

Photo by John Kennard

Nicholas Baume is the director and chief curator of the Public Art Fund in New York, a position he assumed in September 2009. Previously he served as chief curator of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, where he was responsible for shaping the artistic program since 2003, including the establishment of a permanent collection and the ongoing Momentum project series. The ICA’s award-winning new building by Diller Scofidio + Renfro was inaugurated in December 2006 with Super Vision, a 27-artist international exhibition, and the launch of the permanent collection.

From 1998 to 2003, Baume was contemporary curator at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut. Past exhibitions at the Atheneum include About Face: Andy Warhol Portraits and Sol LeWitt: Incomplete Open Cubes, where he also curated the Matrix series. These exhibitions included first American museum shows by Francis Alÿs, Sam Durant, Thomas Eggerer, Christian Jankowski, Catherine Sullivan, and Fiona Tan. For the ICA, Baume has curated exhibitions of the work of Kai Althoff, Kader Attia, Carol Bove, Gerard Byrne, Tara Donovan (with Jen Mergel), Thomas Hirschhorn (with Ralph Rugoff), Anish Kapoor, and Lucy McKenzie, and the group exhibitions Getting Emotional and Super Vision. Baume has also produced several exhibition catalogues with the leading American publisher MIT Press.