Nicolas Bourriaud (b. 1965) is a French curator, writer, art critic, and author of theoretical essays on contemporary art. Bourriaud was the Gulbenkian curator of contemporary art at Tate Britain, London, where he curated The Tate Triennial: Altermodern (2009). He co-founded and was co-director of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, from 1999 to 2006. He founded the contemporary art magazine Documents sur l'art, of which he was director from 1992 to 2000, and worked as a Parisian correspondent for Flash Art from 1987 to 1995. His writings have been translated into over 15 languages, and his publications include Radicant (Sternberg Press/Merve Verlag, New York/Berlin, 2009), Postproduction (Lukas & Sternberg, New York, 2002, English edition, Les presses du reel, Dijon, 2004, French edition), Formes de vie. L’art moderne et l’invention de soi (Editions Denoël, Paris, 1999), and Relational Aesthetics(Les presses du réel, 1998, French edition, English edition, 2002).
Bourriaud will be giving a lecture at the Modern on his recent work, Politics of the Anthropocene. Humans, Things and Reification in Contemporary Art.
Artist David Bates and Modern Curator of Education Terri Thornton take this opportunity to walk through the Modern's current exhibition, DAVID BATES, and individually discuss Bates's bold, visceral paintings and track the artist's developments, shifts, and repeated motifs throughout his 40-year career. Please join us for a direct and intimate look at the exhibition that has been a favorite of Modern visitors. This gallery program is free with gallery admission and open to the public.