Catherine David is an art historian and curator. She worked in major institutions—Musée national d'art moderne Centre Pompidou, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. In 1997 she was the director of documenta X in Kassel. As an independent critic and curator she organized exhibitions and projects focusing on global modernity and contemporary esthetical practices, with a special interest in Middle East and Gulf countries. She is currently deputy director in charge of Research and Globalization at Musée national d'art moderne Centre Pompidou.