Thompson is an author and curator, who recently joined Philadelphia Contemporary as Artistic Director. Most recently, he worked at the public art organization Creative Time, where he organized projects such as The Creative Time Summit, an annual convening at the intersection of art and politics. While at Creative Time, he also organized public art projects including Pedro Reyes’s “Doomocracy” (2016), Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety” (2014), “Living as Form” (2011), Trevor Paglen’s “The Last Pictures” (2012) and Paul Ramírez Jonas’s “Key to the City” (2010), among others. Previously, he worked as curator at MASS MoCA. He has written two books of cultural criticism, “Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century” (2015) and “Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life” (2017). His speculative fantasy book “Marshsong” will be released in 2018 by Downcast Editions.
Talks provides direct access to the top curators and ideas driving contemporary art today, through a year-long series of conversations presented by Locust Projects and ArtCenter/South Florida. During intimate conversations, the six arts leaders featured in 2018 will talk about their curatorial vision and practice, the art and artists that have shaped their careers, and how they support the work of artists whether in museums or non-traditional spaces. Each will also visit the studios of local artists, providing feedback and visibility that can build a bridge between artists working in Miami and the international cultural community. Talks is the first partnership between nonprofits Locust Projects and ArtCenter/South Florida, two of the city’s most venerable cultural institutions, coming together under new leadership to provide artist-centered programming.