Charlie Tatum

Editorial and Communications Manager

Charlie is Pelican Bomb’s Editorial and Communications Manager. He received his B.A. in Art History from New York University, and his professional experience has taken him to museums, commercial galleries, and artist studios, providing first-hand knowledge of the contemporary art world from a variety of perspectives. In addition to contributing regularly to Pelican Bomb’s Art Review, he has written essays and conducted interviews for Art in America, Hyperallergic, Temporary Art Review, and BURNAWAY and contributed to catalogues published by Prospect New Orleans, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, UB Art Galleries, and the Charlotte Street Foundation.

Before moving to New Orleans in 2014 to work in visitor services and public programming with Prospect New Orleans, Charlie worked in the communications department of the Whitney Museum of American Art and as gallery assistant at Lombard Freid Gallery in New York. He looks back at internships with the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation and Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York as formative moments of understanding how art can live in the world, both beside and beyond the artist’s presence.

As Editorial and Communications Manager at Pelican Bomb since 2015, Charlie oversees the organization’s voice in the world—from essays and exhibition reviews to press releases and social-media updates. He manages the day-to-day operations of the Art Review, commissioning, editing, and publishing articles, and his interests in media, otherness, and the American South inflect his ideas for using the publication to support new ways of thinking about art. He also works closely with Cameron Shaw, Pelican Bomb’s Executive Director, to develop concepts for and approaches to exhibitions and programs. He’s still hoping for a second season of Gallery Girls.