Nina Katchadourian

Born in Stanford, CA
Lives and works in New York, NY

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Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, 1996
MFA, Visual Art, University of California, San Diego, 1993
BA, Visual Arts and Literature and Society (Honors) Brown University, Rhode Island, 1989

About The Artist

Linked by a playful sense of humor, Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian’s projects come in a wide variety of media; from video and photography to sculpture and sound art.

Her comic ingenuity is exemplified in her most recent series of photographs titled ‘Seat Assignment,’ which were entirely conceived in different airplane bathrooms and shot with a phone camera. Using paper toilet seat covers and articles of clothing, Katchadourian fashions elaborate costumes in order to recreate 15th century portraits by Flemish masters, resulting in an arresting blend of DIY and connoisseur aesthetics.

Katchadourian’s video “Accent Elimination” was included in the 2015 Venice Biennale “All the World’s Futures”, which was curated by Okwui Enwezor. In 2017 her work will be the focus of a travelling solo museum exhibition which will originate at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX.

She has also exhibited at esteemed institutions such as MoMA PS1, the Serpentine Gallery, the Saatchi Gallery, and the Palais de Tokyo. Previously, The Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego presented a solo exhibition of Katchadourian’s video work in 2008, and the Tang Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs held a 10 year survey of Katchadourian’s oeuvre in 2006, while also publishing a monograph for the exhibition titled “All Forms of Attraction.”

Nina Katchadourian is an Associate Professor at the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and is represented by Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco. 


Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco

Select Permanent Collections

Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
Brown University, Providence, RI
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
Hood Museum, Hanover, NH
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Margulies Collection, Miami, FL
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Norrtälje Konsthall, Sweden
Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL
The Saatchi Collection, London, England
SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Wanås Foundation, Sweden
West Collection, Oaks, PA



  • Anything for a Laugh: Humor in Contemporary Art

    The works for this exhibition range from works that address serious concerns with humorous affect to others whose intent is more purely comedic. Together, they provide an intriguing snapshot of the manner in which comic strategies manifest themselves in contemporary art.