Stuart Comer was appointed Chief Curator of the Department of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art in 2013. He oversees the department’s program of exhibitions, events, acquisitions, and collections. Since his appointment, Mr. Comer’s projects at MoMA have included Tania Bruguera: Untitled (Havana, 2000) (2018), Inbox: Steve McQueen (2017), Inbox: Charles Atlas (2017), Alexandra Bachzetsis’s Massacre: Variations on a Theme (2017), Mark Leckey: Containers and Their Drivers (at MoMA PS1, 2016), BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE (2016), Tony Oursler: Imponderable (2016), Bouchra Khalili: The Mapping Journey Project (2016), Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980 (2015), Cut to Swipe (2014), and Simone Forti and Charlemagne Palestine: illlummminnnatttionnnsssss!!!!!!! (2014).
Mr. Comer was co-curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 2014 Biennial, and previously served as the first Curator of Film at Tate Modern, London, where he oversaw film and video work for the Tate Collection and Displays and was co-curator for the opening program of the Tanks at Tate Modern. He has previously held positions at the Institute of Visual Culture in Cambridge and at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), and was co-curator of the Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2007. He has also organized projects at Beirut Art Center; Kunstverein Munich; CASCO, Utrecht; Frieze Art Fair, London; and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.
Mr. Comer has recently hosted talks at The Museum of Modern Art with artists including Dara Birnbaum, Ian Cheng, Luke Fowler, Isaac Julien, Naeem Mohaiemen, Hito Steyerl, and Christopher Williams, and he recently lectured on Pope.L at MOCA, Los Angeles. He has contributed to numerous periodicals, including Artforum, Frieze, Afterall, Mousse, Parkett, and Art Review. He is editor of Film and Video Art (Tate Publishing, 2009) and has contributed essays to publications on such artists as Tom Burr, Andrea Fraser, David Lamelas, Sharon Lockhart, Mark Morrisroe, Bik Van Der Pol, and Gillian Wearing.
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