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Creative Time’s Nato Thompson Named Artistic Director of Philadelphia Contemporary

Creative Time’s artistic director, Nato Thompson, will step down after a decade at the New York organization to join the recently established Philadelphia Contemporary as its first artistic director.

“We’re incredibly proud of Nato and everything we accomplished together at Creative Time,” acting executive director Alyssa Nitchun said in a statement. “This is an exciting and timely new venture, and we look forward to celebrating his work with Philadelphia Contemporary.”

Thompson began his career at Creative Time in 2007. During his tenure he worked on a variety of projects, including Pledges of Allegiance, 2017, a serialized commission of sixteen flags responding to the current political climate; Pedro Reyes’s Doomocracy, 2016; Kara Walker’s A Subtlety, 2014; Trevor Paglen’s The Last Pictures, 2012; and the annual Creative Time Summit.

Philadelphia Contemporary was founded last year by Harry Philbrick, a former director of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The nonprofit aims to build a noncollecting, multidisciplinary, and sustainable art venue dedicated to contemporary art. While the organization works on finding a permanent home, it will focus on staging site-specific projects around the city. Thompson will officially assume his new role in November.