Theo Jansen first came to prominence in 1980 when he flew a "UFO" across the skies of Delft, Holland. For the past 20 years Jansen has been creating and exhibiting his dramatic, kinetic Strandbeests. He has appeared on multiple TED Talks, been the subject of a profile in The New Yorker and shown his work in Asia, Europe and now the United States. A trained physicist, Jansen’s Strandbeests bridge the gap between art and engineering, attracting a broad array of followers: from engineers, biologists, and philosophers, to environmentalists, writers and makers.
Trevor Smith is PEM’s Curator of the Present Tense. Prior to joining the Peabody Essex, Smith was Curator in Residence at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College where in 2006 he co-curated Wrestle, the inaugural exhibition at the Hessel Museum and in 2007 presented is Martin Creed: Feelings, the first large-scale survey of this artist’s work. From 2003-2006 he was Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City where, among other projects he co-curated the widely acclaimed exhibition Andrea Zittel: Critical Space and presented a major survey of the work of Brian Jungen. From 1992-2003 he was based in Australia where he worked first at the Biennale of Sydney, then as Director of the Canberra Contemporary Art Space, and from 1997-2003 as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Trevor has produced over fifty exhibitions and has published widely in exhibition catalogues and journals in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Photo: Lena Herzog