Interview with Trevor Smith – Curator, Singapore Biennale 2011

Trevor Smith is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, USA. Previously, Smith was Curator in Residence at the Centre for Curatorial Studies, Bard College where in 2006 he co-curated Wrestle, the inaugural exhibition at the Hessel Museum and in 2007 presented Martin Creed: Feelings, the first large-scale survey of this artist’s work. From 2003 to 2006 he was Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City where, among other projects, he co-curated the exhibition Andrea Zittel: Critical Space and presented a major survey of the work of Brian Jungen. Smith was born in Canada and studied art history at the University of British Columbia. From 1992 to 2003 he was based in Australia where he held positions with the Biennale of Sydney, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Exhibitions there included a major retrospective of Robert MacPherson’s work in 2001 and The Divine Comedy: Francisco Goya, Buster Keaton, William Kentridge for the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Perth International Arts Festival in 2002. He curated the Australian representation at the 2002 Sao Paolo Bienal and was a Correspondenti for T1, the first Torino Triennale in 2005. Recent exhibitions include 1+1+1=3 (Robert MacPherson, Manfred Pernice, and Katarina Seda) for Culturgest Lisbon, and I Repeat Myself When Under Stress (Ceal Floyer, Hans Schabus, and Tris Vonna-Michell) for the Museum of Contemporary

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