Christophe Cherix was appointed The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art in 2013. His appointment followed a reorganization that merged the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, of which Mr. Cherix had been Chief Curator since 2010, with the Department of Drawings. He joined the Museum’s curatorial staff in July 2007, after serving as curator of the Cabinet des Estampes at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva. His specialty is modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on the art of the 1960s and 1970s.
At MoMA, Mr. Cherix’s exhibitions include Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971 (with Klaus Biesenbach, 2015), Jasper Johns: Regrets (with Ann Temkin, 2014), Print/Out (2012), Contemporary Art from the Collection (with Kathy Halbreich, 2010), In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960–1976 (2009), Fluxus Preview: Selections from the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift (with Jon Hendricks, 2009), Projects 88: Lucy McKenzie (2008), and Book/Shelf (2008).
He has been instrumental in the Museum’s recent acquisitions of the Herman and Nicole Daled Collection and Archives, the Seth Siegelaub Collection and Archives, and the Art & Project/Depot VBVR Collection, and has also worked extensively with the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection and Archives, which together have redefined the Museum’s collection of Conceptual art.
Among his past projects are surveys of Henri Matisse’s prints, Carl Andre’s poetry, and Barry Le Va’s scrapbooks. In 2003, he was the commissioner of the 25th International Biennial of Graphic Arts, in Slovenia, where he featured artists’ books and printed materials. Mr. Cherix’s publications include the catalogue accompanying In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960–1976, and the catalogues raisonnés of prints by Henri Michaux (with Rainer Michael Mason) and Robert Morris.
Mr. Cherix was born in Switzerland and received a License ès lettres from the University of Geneva. He was a Fellow of the Class of 2010 at the Center for Curatorial Leadership in New York, which included a residency at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.