James Putnam

James Putnam is an independent curator and writer. He founded and was curator of the British Museum’s Contemporary Arts and Cultures Programme from 1999 to 2003. He was also a former curator of the British Museum’s Department of Egyptian Antiquities. He has organized a number of exhibitions for major museums juxtaposing the work of contemporary artists with their collections and curated projects for art biennials in Europe and the Far East. His book ‘Art and Artifact – The Museum as Medium’, published by Thames & Hudson (2000 & 2010) surveys the interaction between contemporary artists and the museum. This also proposes the notion that the museum, the collection and the archive can be integral with art practice. Since 1999 has curated an ongoing series of critically acclaimed projects with contemporary artists at the Freud Museum, London. He was appointed curator of Arte ‘all Arte 9, in Tuscany in 2005 and was on the curatorial committee for the 2006 Echigo Tsumari Triennial, Japan. Since 2007 he has regularly curated projects at the Venice Biennale. In 2016 he curated ‘Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick’ at Somerset House that featured over 50 major contemporary artists and most recently curated ‘Force of Nature’ at the Art Pavilion, London E3 4QY. From 2003-2004 he was Visiting Scholar in Museum Studies at New York University, Associate Curator at the Bowes Museum, County Durham, 2004-2006, and Senior Lecturer – Criticism, Communication & Curation, University of the Arts, London, 2004-2011. He is currently Senior Research Fellow, Exhibitions at the University of the Arts, London

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3rd October 2017