Nicholas Baume has been Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund since September 2009. Recent Public Art Fund exhibitions include solo projects by Iran do Espírito Santo, Ryan Gander, Paola Pivi, Rob Pruitt, Eva Rothschild, Thomas Schütte, Monika Sosnowska, and Oscar Tuazon; the group exhibitions Lightness of Being, Common Ground, and Statuesque; a major career survey, Sol LeWitt: Structures 1965 – 2006; Ugo Rondinone's colossal Human Nature exhibition at Rockefeller Center; and the blockbuster project Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus.
Prior to joining Public Art Fund, Baume served as Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. He was responsible for shaping the artistic program from 2003-2009, including shows with Kai Althoff, Kader Attia, Carol Bove, Gerard Byrne, Tara Donovan, Thomas Hirschhorn, Anish Kapoor, Lucy McKenzie, and Rodney McMillian; and the establishment of a permanent collection for the 2006 opening of the museum’s award-winning new building by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. A native of Australia, Baume was a Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney before moving to the United States in 1998 to become Contemporary Curator at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut. Among his exhibitions there were About Face: Andy Warhol Portraits; Sol LeWitt: Incomplete Open Cubes; and Noncomposition: Fifteen Case Studies. He also organized the first American solo museum projects by Francis Alÿs, Sam Durant, Christian Jankowski, Catherine Sullivan, and Fiona Tan as part of the Matrix