Catherine Wood (UK)
Artistic Practice (Conversation partner)
Catherine Wood joined Tate Modern in 2002, having previously held curatorial roles at the Barbican Art Gallery and The British Museum. Over the last 20 years, she has been instrumental in making performance and live art a core part of Tate Modern’s programme, becoming Senior Curator, International Art (Performance) in 2015. She has worked closely with artists such as Joan Jonas, Tarek Atoui, Fujiko Nakaya, Mark Leckey, Anne Imhof, Carlos Amorales and Otobong Nkanga among many others, and has curated and co-curated major exhibitions such as The World as a Stage in 2007, Pop Life: Art in a Material World in 2009, A Bigger Splash: Painting After Performance in 2012 and Robert Rauschenberg in 2016.
In recent years she led on the BMW Tate Live Exhibition series in the Tanks and played a key role in the Uniqlo Tate Play programme which launched last year. She has also been a pioneer of curating for online audiences, initiating Tate’s first live-streamed performance programme in 2012, and has played a key role in bringing live, time-based works of art into Tate’s collection, including Trisha Brown’s Set Reset and Lee Mingwei’s Our Labyrinth, both of which were staged at Tate Modern in 2022.