Christopher Bedford is Chief Curator at the Wexner Center. Recent exhibitions include a survey of Mark Bradford’s work that opened in Columbus in May 2010 and will travel to the ICA Boston, MCA Chicago, Dallas Museum of Art, and SFMoMA, as well as smaller shows of work by Alyson Shotz and Susan Philipsz, and a group exhibition entitled Hard Targets. Projects in progress include solo presentations of work by Erwin Redl, Tobias Putrih and MOS, Katy Moran, Joel Morrison, Nathalie Djurberg, and Paul Sietsema, as well as a Facture and Fidelity: Painting, 1945-2013, co-organized with Katy Siegel, which will open at the Wexner Center in 2013. He has written extensively on art for publications including Artforum, Art in America, Frieze and October.
Despite all that has changed since sexual and social identity became a hot-button topic in art production and discourse throughout the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s, one American stereotype still remains particularly entrenched: that of the male athlete.