Natalie Bell


I’m currently Curator at the List Visual Arts Center at MIT in Cambridge, MA. This is an archive of exhibitions I’ve curated or co-curated, either at the List Center or at the New Museum in New York.

Sung Tieu: Civic Floor
April 4 - July 16, 2023

Sung Tieu employs sculpture, drawing, sound, video, and installation to examine a wide range of subjects in which social or political power is articulated through sensory and psychological realms. Through various media, Tieu crafts a spatial narrative in each of her exhibitions that reflects her research into bureaucratic systems and the psychological or emotional impact of their use of space.  

Tieu’s exhibition at MIT List marks her first US museum solo and was co-produced with Mudam, Luxembourg and Southern Alberta Art Gallery Maansiksikaitsitapiitsinikssin (SAAG).

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Symboints: Contemporary Artists and the Biosphere
October 21, 2022 - February 26, 2023

Co-curated with Caroline A. Jones and Selby Nimrod for MIT List Visual Arts Center, Symbionts: Contemporary Artists and the Biosphere brought together over a dozen international artists whose work prompts us to reexamine our human relationships to the planet’s biosphere through the lens of symbiosis, or “with living.” With experimental practices that blur the boundaries between art and science, while also underscoring the intersections of biological, social, and economic systems, the artists featued unveil the critical interactions that give shape to our world and the interspecies entanglements that evolve it. 

Symbionts was accompanied by an illustrated catalogue-reader designed by Omnivore and co-published by MIT Press and MIT List Visual Arts Center. 

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Matthew Angelo Harrison: Robota
March 25 - July 24, 2022

In his sculptures and installations, Detroit-based artist Matthew Angelo Harrison traces intersections of labor, technology, and cultural heritage. The objects he creates, as well as those that he incorporates into his works, often speak to the impact of colonialism, capitalism, and racism while subtly addressing the aspects of identity formation and desire that underlie our relationship to objects.

Harrison’s List Center exhibition was complemented by the artist’s first monograph, coedited with Elena Filipovic, designed by Practise, and co-published by MIT Press, MIT List Visual Art Center, and Kunsthalle Basel.

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Raymond Boisjoly: The Explanatory Void
March 25 - July 24, 2022

Raymond Boisjoly works with text, photography, and images to contemplate modes of transmission and consider how language, culture, and ideas can be mediated, framed, or received. A Vancouver-based artist of Haida and Quebecois descent, Boisjoly expands on the Vancouver School’s post-conceptual photographic practices while attending to complex negotiations of Indigeneity in the context of colonialism. Interested in the ways that both images and language can break, distort, falter, or fail, Boisjoly draws on, and bends, vernacular conventions in language, photography, and fabrication.

The Explanatory Void at the List Center marked Boisjoly’s first US museum solo exhibition. 

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Sreshta Rit Premnath: Grave/Grove
October 22, 2021 - February 13, 2022

Sreshta Rit Premnath creates works in sculpture, video, photography, and installation that draw on the formal legacies of minimalism and conceptualism to think through the politics of boundaries, bodies, and labor in contemporary life. Grave/Grove reflects his interest in how shared spaces of growth and care, such as community gardens or nurseries, can be embedded within the otherwise dehumanizing spaces of collective discipline and confinement, such as detention centers or refugee camps.

Grave/Grove was co-organized by MIT List Visual Arts Center and the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, and toured to the ICA San Diego in 2022.

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