Nato Thompson is a curator at the New York–based public arts institution Creative Time. Since January 2007 he has organized major projects such as Paul Chan’s acclaimed Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (2007), which included free public performances of Samuel Beckett’s play, theater workshops, educational seminars, and more. Thompson is currently working on a multi-phase national exhibition entitled Democracy in America: The National Campaign, a program investigating artists’ relationship with and reactions to the historic roots and practical manifestations of the American democratic tradition.
Previous to Creative Time, Thompson worked as a curator at MASS MoCA, where he completed numerous large-scale exhibitions such as The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere (2004), a survey of political art of the 1990s. His writings have appeared in numerous publications including Art Journal, tema celeste, Parkett, Cabinet, and The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. The College Art Association awarded him for distinguished writing in Art Journal in 2004. He holds a BA in Political Theory from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA in Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Headshot photograph by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders