Pierre Bal-Blanc is the director and curator of CAC Brétigny (Contemporary Art Center of Bretigny) in France, where his innovative exhibition program has drawn much attention to a previously overlooked suburb of Paris. Known for constructing enduring relationships with artists, since 2003 he has pursued the Phalanstère Project, a site-specific series parallel to the exhibitions and residencies program of CAC, for which each exhibited artist is asked to donate a permanent work to the art center. Exhibitions such as La Monnaie Vivante-Living Currency and Draft Score for an Exhibition, reveal Bal-Blanc's curatorial focus as the current and historical analysis of the body and strategies related to performance in visual arts. Active both at CAC and at large, Bal-Blanc recently commissioned the three-chapter exhibition, Reversibility, at the Frieze Art Fair in London (2008); CAC Brétigny (2010); and Peep Hole in Milan (2012) and he co-curated the exhibition series Cornelius Cardew and the Freedom of Listening at CAC Brétigny and Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart (2009). His renowned D'Arcangelo exhibition - Anarchism without Adjectives: On the work of Christopher D’Arcangelo, 1975-1979 - showed at CAC Brétigny and Artists Space in New York (2011).
Presented by the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice and made possible through the generous support of the Consulate General of France, San Francisco.