Trevor Smith is the Curator of the Present Tense at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. He leads an initiative that embeds contemporary creativity across the breadth of the museum’s activities to explore how creativity and cultural change emerge at the intersections of cultures, disciplines, or technologies.
Since arriving at PEM Smith has commissioned works and curated exhibitions with Charles Sandison, Susan Philipsz, Peter Hutton, Michael Lin, Nick Cave, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot and Candice Breitz, and Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests. He is currently developing an exhibition exploring the shifting role of play in contemporary art and culture for exhibition in 2018.
Other exhibitions include the Singapore Biennial 2011, Wrestle and Martin Creed: Feelings for the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College; Andrea Zittel: Critical Space and Brian Jungen for the New Museum, and The Divine Comedy: Francisco Goya, Buster Keaton, and William Kentridge for the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Perth International Arts Festival. He has produced over seventy exhibitions and has published widely in exhibition catalogues and journals in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.