Clara Kim

Clara Kim is The Daskalopoulos Senior Curator, International Art at Tate Modern where she is responsible for the research, acquisition and interpretation of art from Africa, Asia & Middle East. Her work at Tate aims to build new narratives, historiographies and curatorial methodologies on postwar art histories that chart transnational/transcultural connections and explore socio-political conditions shaped by postcolonialism and geopolitical order to challenge canonical readings. She also sits on the Steering Committee of the Hyundai Tate Research Center: Transnational. Recent curatorial projects at Tate Modern include a survey of artist/filmmaker Steve McQueen (2020); 2019 Hyundai commission Kara Walker: Fons Americanus in the Turbine Hall; and A Year in Art: 1973 Chile. She was co-convenor of the conference Axis of Solidarity: Landmarks, Platforms, Futures (February 2019) reflecting on the global solidarity movements that emerged during processes of decolonization, organized with Cornell University’s Institute of Comparative Modernities and Sharjah Art Foundation. In March 2021, she co-convened Crucibles, Vectors, Catalysts: Envisioning the Modern City, with the Liverpool School of Architecture. Outside of Tate, Kim curated Imagined Nations/Modern Utopias for the 2018 Gwangju Biennale and Condemned to be Modern for the Getty Foundation’s city-wide initiative Pacific Standard Time in Los Angeles in 2017. Kim has held multiple curatorial positions over the last two decades including as Senior Curator of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis); Gallery Director & Curator at REDCAT/CalArts (Los Angeles), and Senior Researcher at the Asian Cultural Complex (Gwangju, South Korea). She studied art history at the University of California, Berkeley and at the University of Chicago.