Claire Pentecost is an artist and writer whose poetic and inductive drawings, sculpture and
installations test and celebrate the conditions that bound and define life itself. Her projects
often address the contested line between the natural and the artificial, focusing for many years on
food, agriculture, bio-engineering, and anthropogenic changes in the indivisible living entity that
animates our planet.
Since 2006 she has worked with Brian Holmes, 16Beaver and many others organizing Continental Drift,
a series of seminars to articulate the interlocking scales of our existence in the logic of
globalization. A sample of Pentecost’s exhibition venues include dOCUMENTA(13), Whitechapel
Gallery, the 13th Istanbul Biennial, Nottingham Contemporary, the DePaul Art Museum, the Third
Mongolian Land Art Biennial. Institutions inviting her to lecture include Haus der Kulturen der
Welt in Berlin; MIT; CalArts; RISD; Northwestern University; Rice University; The University of
Virginia; Creative Time Summit and many others.
She is represented by Higher Pictures, New York, and is Professor and Chair of the Department of
Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.