Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Chief Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art
Christophe Cherix is The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Chief Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books at The Museum of Modern Art. He joined the department as curator in July 2007 after serving as curator of the Cabinet des estampes in Geneva. Cherix’s specialty is modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on printed art of the 1960s and 1970s. At MoMA, he most recently organized Print/Out, an exhibition on contemporary prints, artist books, and ephemera from the early 1990s to the present. In addition, he co-organized (with Kathy Halbreich) Contemporary Art from the Collection, an installation of MoMA’s collection from the 1960s to the present, and has organized four other shows at the Museum: In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960–1976 (2009); Fluxus Preview: Selections from the Gilbert and Lila Fluxus Collection Gift (2009, with Jon Hendricks); Projects 88: Lucy McKenzie (2008); and Book/Shelf (2008), an exhibition exploring artists’ use of the book as an object. He has been instrumental in the Museum’s recent acquisitions of the Daled Collection, the Seth Siegelaub Collection and Archives, and the Art & Project/Depot VBVR Collection, which together have transformed the Museum’s collection of Conceptual art. Among his past projects are surveys of Henri Matisse’s prints, Carl Andre’s poetry, and Barry LeVa’s scrapbooks. In 2003, he was the commissioner of the 25th Biennale of Graphic Arts in Slovenia, where he featured artists’ books as well as a range of printed materials that expanded traditional definitions of the medium. His publications include the catalogues raisonnés of prints by Henri Michaux (with Rainer Michael Mason) and Robert Morris.
Christophe Cherix also served as the leader of the C-MAP “Fluxus” group.
Twelve ink drawings by Hércules Barsotti explore a radical geometry and a systematic mode of working that, already in 1960, point to a new mode of working for the Brazilian artist.