In Situ

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In Situ is a collaboration between Creative Time and The New York Public Library (NYPL), led by Creative Time’s Nato Thompson and Marisa Mazria Katz and the NYPL’s Paul Holdengraber.



About Nato Thompson
Nato Thompson is Creative Time’s Artistic Director. He joined Creative Time in January 2007. Since then, Thompson has organized such major Creative Time projects as The Creative Time Summit (2009–2015), Pedro Reyes’ Doomocracy (2016), Kara Walker’s A Subtlety (2014), Living as Form (2011), Trevor Paglen’s The Last Pictures (2012), Paul Ramírez Jonas’s Key to the City (2010), Jeremy Deller’s It is What it is (2009, with New Museum curators Laura Hoptman and Amy Mackie), Democracy in America: The National Campaign (2008), and Paul Chan’s Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (2007), among others. Previously, he worked as Curator at MASS MoCA, where he completed numerous large-scale exhibitions, including The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere (2004), with a catalogue distributed by MIT Press. His writings have appeared in numerous publications, BookForum, Frieze, Artforum, Third Text, and Huffington Post among them. In 2005, he received the Art Journal Award for distinguished writing. For Independent Curators International, Thompson curated the exhibition Experimental Geography with a book available from Melville House Publishing. He has written two books of cultural criticism, Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century (2015) and Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life (2017).



About Marisa Mazria Katz
Marisa Mazria Katz is the Director of Media Initiatives for the public art non-profit Creative Time. She came to the organization in 2011 as the founding editor of Creative Time Reports. As a journalist she has contributed to publications that include The New York Times, Financial Times, Time, The Guardian, Vogue and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to her writing, Marisa ran a US State Department-sponsored program in Casablanca, Morocco, for four years that taught marginalized youth journalism and blogging.



About Paul Holdengraber
Paul Holdengraber is an American interviewer, curator and writer. He is Director of NYPL’s Public Programming and is most known for organizing literary conversations for the NYPL’s public program series, LIVE from the NYPL, which he founded. Since February 2012, he has hosted The Paul Holdengräber Show on the Intelligent Channel on YouTube.


About The New York Public Library
The NYPL is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 92 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The NYPL serves more than 18 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at To offer this wide array of free programming, The NYPL relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at​


About Creative Time
Creative Time, the New York based public arts non-profit, is committed to working with artists on the dialogues, debates and dreams of our time. Creative Time presents the most innovative art in the public realm, providing new platforms to amplify artists voices, including the Creative Time Summit – an international convening at the intersection of art and social justice.


Since 1974, Creative Time has produced over 350 groundbreaking public art projects that ignite the imagination, explore ideas that shape society, and engage millions of people around the globe. The non-profit that since its inception has been at the forefront of socially engaged public art seeks to convert the power of artists’ ideas into works that inspire and challenge the public. Creative Time projects stimulate dialogue on timely issues, and initiate a dynamic experience between artists, sites, and audiences.