Creative Time

Announcing Nato Thompson as Artistic Director and Elvira Dyangani Ose as Senior Curator

February 10th, 2017

Creative Time is proud to announce the promotion of Nato Thompson to Artistic Director and welcome Elvira Dyangani Ose as Senior Curator. The announcement follows a succession of powerful works from the organization that has since its inception been at the forefront of socially engaged public art.

Most recently Creative Time organized Pedro Reyes’s sold-out political house of horrors, Doomocracy, Duke Riley’s Fly By Night, Kara Walker’s A Subtlety, and the annual Creative Time Summit, a global convening at the intersection of arts and politics held in Washington, DC, last October, and formerly in Venice and Stockholm.

“The possibilities, and the need, for engaged public art have never been so great and so urgent,” says Nato Thompson, Creative Time Artistic Director. “Creative Time has long been committed to addressing social and political issues on a global scale, and I look forward to continuing those efforts with our amazing team.”

Elvira Dyangani Ose will be joining the organization as Senior Curator starting July 1st. Dyangani Ose joins the organization from Goldsmiths, University of London and the Thought Council at the Fondazione Prada. Before teaching at Goldsmiths, Dyangani Ose was Curator of International Art at Tate Modern, and curated the 2015 Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art. Dyangani Ose will continue to teach at Goldsmiths, while pursuing curatorial opportunities for Creative Time.

“I’m honored to be joining Creative Time,” says Elvira Dyangani Ose, Creative Time Senior Curator. “The quality and impact of the work that this organization has done over its history is politically and culturally challenging and very much in line with my current academic and curatorial interests. I look forward to working with Katie and Nato and the whole team, bringing the socially relevant work that Creative Time is known for into public forums.”

Under the leadership of Creative Time Executive Director Katie Hollander, Thompson and Dyangani Ose will collaborate on a full slate of dynamic, engaging public art and programming, with an eye toward cultivating a broader global audience; all while remaining committed to presenting important art for its times that transcend geographic, racial, and socioeconomic barriers.

“Creative Time is dedicated to the ability of artists’ voices to shape society, and the importance of free expression in public space,” says Katie Hollander, Creative Time Executive Director. “That is a vision both Nato and Elvira share, and I could not be more excited to be working with them both in its pursuit.”

Photos from left to right: Nato Thompson, Creative Time Artistic Director. Photo by Derek Schultz. Elvira Dyangani Ose, Creative Time Senior Curator. Photo by Hendrik Zeitler.