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Trevor Smith, Curator of the Present Tense


Smith leads PEM's Present Tense initiative, which celebrates the central role that creative expression plays in shaping our world today. The PTI engages leading creative agents to explore ways in which creativity and cultural change emerge at the intersections of cultures, disciplines, or technologies.

At PEM, Smith has curated exhibitions of internationally-acclaimed contemporary artists, including Nick Cave, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Susan Philipsz, Candice Breitz and Charles Sandison. He organized the national tour of the acclaimed exhibition, Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen and is currently working on PlayTime, an exploration of the changing role of play in contemporary culture.

Prior to joining PEM in 2008, Smith was Curator in Residence at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. Smith was previously based in Australia where he worked on the Biennale of Sydney, served as Director of the Canberra Contemporary Art Space and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. He was also co-Curator of the 2011 Singapore Biennial. Smith has produced over 70 exhibitions and has published widely in exhibition catalogues and journals worldwide. Follow @presenttense99 on Instagram.