Dieter Roelstraete is the curator at Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago.
Prior to his return to Chicago, Roelstraete was a member of the curatorial team convened by artistic director Adam Szymczyk to organize Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel in the spring and summer of 2017.
From 2012 until 2015 he was the Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where he organized Goshka Macuga: Exhibit, A (2012); The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology (2013); Simon Starling: Metamorphology (2014); The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music 1965 to Now (2015, co-curated with Naomi Beckwith); and Kerry James Marshall: Mastry (2016, co-curated with Ian Alteveer and Helen Molesworth; traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles).
From 2003 until 2011 he was a curator at the Antwerp Museum of Contemporary Art (MuHKA) in his native Belgium, where he organized large-scale group exhibitions as well as monographic shows, including Emotion Pictures (2005); Intertidal, a survey show of contemporary art from Vancouver (2005); The Order of Things (2008); Liam Gillick and Lawrence Weiner—A Syntax of Dependency (2011); A Rua: The Spirit of Rio de Janeiro (2011); Chantal Akerman: Too Close, Too Far (2012) and the collaborative projects Academy: Learning from Art (2006) and Kerry James Marshall: Paintings and Other Stuff (2013).
Roelstraete is currently also a member of the Thought Council, a curatorial brain trust for the Fondazione Prada in Milan and Venice. His free-lance work includes exhibition projects, most recently, at the Fondazione Prada in Milan and Venice (October 2017 and May 2018), the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (November 2017), the Garage Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow (March 2018), and the SESC Sao Paulo (July 2018).
A former editor of Afterall and co-founder of the journal FR David, Roelstraete has published extensively on contemporary art and related philosophical issues in numerous catalogues and journals including Artforum, Art Review, e-flux journal, frieze, Metropolis M, Monopol, Mousse Magazine, Parkett, and Texte zur Kunst.