NADA Curated by Katie A. Pfohl

NADA Curated: Assembly
Organized with Katie A. Pfohl
July 30–August 31, 2024

Curatorial Concept:
Assembly refers both to a gathering of people and a grouping of objects or materials. At its core is a common purpose: bringing different people and divergent elements together, from the combination of artistic materials to the organization of individuals into a movement.

At a moment when our ability to assemble is being tested globally, how can artists help us envision new ways of coming together, of holding multiple truths, and finding unexpected sources of connection? This online exhibition invites artists to reflect on assembly’s deep roots in art history as well as vanguard political thought. As we face a moment of great political, ideological, and social division, how can the history of assembly—from the factory line to the protest line—help give shape to our next moves?

About Katie A. Pfohl:
Katie A. Pfohl is a curator and writer whose work seeks to amplify the voices of artists, foster connections between communities, and create space to engage with the urgent issues of our time. She serves as Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, where she is working on a reinstallation of the museum's contemporary galleries, and developing a series of exhibitions, projects, and partnerships.

From 2015–2022, she was Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art, where she curated almost 30 exhibitions, acquired or commissioned over 100 works of art by local, national and international artists, worked collaboratively on innovative educational programming and community engagement, and reinstalled the museum’s 20th century and contemporary galleries.

Major projects include Tiff Massey: 7 Mile + Livernois (2024), a solo exhibition for the Detroit-based metalsmith and sculptor; Mending the Sky (2020), which featured eleven artists responding to a world in distress; Bodies of Knowledge (2019), which invited artists to reflect on questions surrounding monuments and memory; Ear to the Ground (2019), which explored environmental activism in contemporary art; and Changing Course: Reflections on New Orleans Histories (2018), which focused on forgotten or marginalized histories of the city. 

In 2014, Pfohl completed her Ph.D. in art history at Harvard University, and in 2006 she participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. Pfohl has held positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the LSU Museum of Art.