Nina Horisaki-Christens

Based in Brooklyn, NY

e: ajchristens(at)gmail(dot)com



2013-ongoing MA/PhD Columbia University, Art History and Archaeology, New York
2012-13      Whitney Independent Study Program, New York
2004           BFA Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
2001-2002  Stanford Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, Japan


Exhibitions (as sculptor)

Metabolic Morphology, collaboration with Takashi Horisaki, Recess, New York, NY

The Spaces in Between, curated by Adriane Little, Lost Coast Culture Machine, Fort Bragg, CA
Can’t Hear the Revolution, Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY
Propositional Workshop #1, LMCC Swing Space, Governors Island, NY

Moonlighting, curated by Baseera Kahn, Hosfelt Gallery, NY

Incheon Women Artists Biennial, curated by Heng-Gil Han, Incheon Arts Platform, Korea

Metro Poles: Art in Action, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in co-operation with the Bronx River Arts Center, Queens, NY

NYNYNY, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY
L.I.C., NYC, Socrates Sculpture Park, NY

A Well Hung Show, juried by Critical Mass, exhibited at the Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis, MO
Art is Everything, SEEN Gallery Group, St. Louis, MO
Vernacular, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, St. Louis, MO

Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey, Art Dimension’s Kastle Gallery, St. Louis, MO
From Conception to Completion, SEEN Gallery Group, St. Louis, MO

Take With Food, Mossa Furniture Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Display of Noh Masks by Students of Mr. Ishizaki, Kyoto Bunka Hakubutsukan (Kyoto Culture Museum), Kyoto, Japan

3500 Sheep, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO


Exhibitions (as curator)

Maintenance Required, co-curated with Andrea Neustien, Victoria Rogers and Jason Waite, Whitney Independent Study Program, The Kitchen, NY
Artists: Michael Bramwell, Goldin+Senneby, Ashley Hunt, Masaru Iwai, Yve Laris Cohen, Sam Lewitt, Park McArthur, Salvage Art Institute, Karin Sander, Taryn Simon, Pilvi Takala, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Hollow Center, Smack Mellon, NY
Artists: Anida Yoeu Ali and Mary Jane Villamor, Corey Escoto, Elana Mann, MTL, Huong Ngo and Hong-An Truong in collaboration with the Acting the Words is Enacting the World collective, Michala Paludan, Sreshta Rit Premnath, Christine Rebet, Dread Scott, and Mary Simpson

Mostly Shadows, Joyce Kim and Carlos Roque, Art in General, NY
Liquid Door, Isola and Norzi, co-curated with Andria Hickey, Art in General, NY
More Passive than Every Passivity, Bozena Koncic Badurina (Eastern European Residency Exchange), Art in General, NY
Winter Exhibitions including Distant Drum, Double Bill guest curated by Redmond Entwistle, and Anti-Prow, Art in General, NY
Artists: Lukasz Jastrubczak (Eastern European Residency Exchange), Redmond Entwistle, Mary Billyou, Suzanne Goldenberg, Rafael Sánchez, Kathleen White, Peter Rostovsky, Olav Westphalen
Video Art Marathon: Identity, co-curated with Michael Chavez, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO
Artists: Julia Brown, Brendan Fernandez, William Lamson, Lilly McElroy, Martin Murphy, Laura Napier, Adie Russell

AV Elevator Program, Art in General, New York NY
Featuring: Julie Lequin, Jonathan Thomas, Martin Murphy, Peter Mundwiler, Yoshinori Niwa, Hong-An Truong, Judith Hoffman, Audra Wolowiec

Erratic Anthropologies, Art in General, NY (in conjunction with Performa09)
Artists: Guy Benfield, Shana Moulton, Yatsuk/Rancourt
The 8 Train and The Timber, Art in General, NY
Artists: Josh Melnick, Julia Oldham (respectively)
On the Ideal of Permeable Barriers, Art in General, NY
Artists: Dave Hardy, Amy Yoes, John Hawke, Michael Konrad, Virginia Poundstone
Human Craters, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Artists: Vincent Como, Robert de Saint Phalle, Alex Dodge, Jason Ferguson, Manuela Paz, Eugenie Tung, B.J. Vogt, Hillary Wiedemann
Interface:Nature, NurtureArt Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Artists: Jillian Conrad, Lauren Davies, Nicholas Des Cognets, Lisa Dillin, Taro Hattori, Katerina Jerinic, Harri Kallio, Miranda Maher , B.J. Vogt, Markus Wetzel and Åsa Elzen


The Artist and the State, interview with Conor McGrady at Miyako Yoshinaga Art Prospects, New York, NY

Artist Talk: Bozena Koncic Badurina, Art in General, New York NY
In conversation with Bozena Koncic Badurina

Actions For Urban SpacesPanel Discussion, Art in General, New York NY
With artist John Hawke, artist Alex Villar, and Institute for Urban Design Director Olympia Kazi
Julia Oldham in conversation with Amy Berkov, Art in General, New York NY
Moderator of discussion with Julia Oldham and botanist Dr. Amy Berkov
The Visual Arts Unplugged: A Survival Guide Panel Discussion, Council on the Arts and Humanities of Staten Island, Staten Island, NY
With artist Tattfoo Tan and Gallerist John Leo
Applications of Medical Imaging Technology in Contemporary Artistic Practice, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn NY
With artists Robert de Saint Phalle and B.J. Vogt, in conjunction with the exhibition Human Craters


“Gutai,” “Mono-ha”, and “Jikken Kōbō.” Art in Time: A World History of Styles and Movement. UK: Phaidon Press, Sept 2014.

“Maintenance and Dependency.” Maintenance Required. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2013

“Personal Effects,” “Material Support,” “On the Blurring of Art and Life, or Toward a More Human Experience,” and “Some Thoughts on Performance and Materiality.” Art21 Guest Blog,, 2012

“Performing Between Action and Script,” Dispatch, Independent Curator’s International, 2011.
“Erratic Anthroplogies” in Performa09 catalogue

“Mirror of the Material World.” The Undiscovered Antique. New York: Art in General, 2010.
(Institute for Museum and Library Services funded catalogue on Shana Moulton)
“Burn Baby Burn.” Night Store. New York: Art in General, 2010.
(Institute for Museum and Library Services funded catalogue on Guy Benfield)
“Intense Neutrality.” It’s grey, it’s grey. New York: Art in General, 2010.
(New Commissions Catalogue on Dave Hardy)
“Sympathetic Movements.” The Timber. New York: Art in General, 2010.
(New Commissions Catalogue on Julia Oldham)
“The Fractured Whole.” Monuments. New York: Art in General, 2011.
(Institute for Museum and Library Services funded catalogue on Redmond Entwistle)
“Disney-fied Suburubia.” Phase IV. New York: Art in General, 2011.
(Institute for Museum and Library Services funded catalogue on Rancourt/Yatsuk)

Curatorial Essay for Anna So Young Han Residency Exhibition, Flux Factory, NY


New Works Residency (collaboration with Takashi Horisaki), Harvestworks, New York, NY

Summer Curator-in-Residence, Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Seoul, Korea

Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow, Whitney Independent Study Program, NY

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
LMCC Governor’s Island Swing Space Resident Artist, NY

Lori Ledis Emerging Curatorial Fellow, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn NY

L.I.C., NYC, Socrates Sculpture Park Production Grant

Nominated by American Committee for Student Fulbright Scholarship to Japan

Dean’s Scholarship
Dean’s List, Eliot Scholar

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
National Merit Scholarship

Association of Teachers of Japanese Language Bridging Scholarship
Freeman in Asia Scholarship