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Trevor Smith, Curator of the Present Tense


Smith leads PEM's Present Tense initiative, PEM's contemporary art program, which celebrates the central role that creative expression plays in shaping our world today. The Present Tense initiative engages leading creative agents and thinkers to cultivate innovative experiences fueled by the intersection of cultures, disciplines and technologies. At PEM, Smith has curated exhibitions of internationally-acclaimed contemporary artists, including Nick Cave, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Susan Philipsz and Charles Sandison. Most recently, Smith organized the national tour of the acclaimed exhibition, Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen.

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. Smith has produced more than 50 exhibitions and has published widely in exhibition catalogues and journals in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Follow @presenttense99 on Instagram.