Nat Trotman

Curator, Performance and Media

Guggenheim curator since 2001

Nat Trotman first joined the curatorial staff in 2001 as curatorial assistant for the exhibition Matthew Barney: The Cremaster Cycle. In the years since he has organized numerous exhibitions for the museum, including James Turrell (co-organized with Carmen Giménez) in New York, Pawel Althamer: Almech in Berlin, Found in Translation in New York and Berlin, Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance (co-organized with Jennifer Blessing) in New York and Bilbao, and a pair of yearlong presentations of installation art in Bilbao. He has developed performative and site-specific projects for the Guggenheim rotunda in collaboration with artists such as Sharon Hayes, Meredith Monk, Susan Philipsz, Tino Sehgal, James Turrell, and Francesco Vezzoli. He also works with Jennifer Blessing in developing the Guggenheim’s collection of photography, video, and film, and is closely involved in the museum’s performance programming.

Besides catalogue essays for several of the above exhibitions, Trotman has published on Matthew Barney and Joseph Beuys, Jane and Louise Wilson, and others. He also co-organized The Shapes of Space with Ted Mann and Kevin Lotery, and served as assistant curator for Catherine Opie: American Photographer and Felix Gonzalez-Torres: America, and as curatorial assistant for Spanish Painting from El Greco to Picasso: Time, Truth, and History; David Smith: A Centennial; Richard Serra: The Matter of Time; and Constantin Brancusi: The Essence of Things. Trotman holds an M.Phil. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he focused on performance, photography, and time-based art, and is a graduate of the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program.

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