Geeta Kapur is a Delhi-based art critic and curator. Her essays on alternative modernisms, contemporary art practice and curatorial interventions in India and the global south are widely anthologized. Her books include Contemporary Indian Artists (1978); When Was Modernism: Essays on Contemporary Cultural Practice in India (2000); Ends and Means: critical inscriptions in contemporary art (forthcoming).
Her curatorial projects include survey exhibitions at the Lalit Kala Akademi and the National Gallery of Modern Art (Delhi and Mumbai.). She co-curated the Festival of India exhibition, Contemporary Indian Art, the Royal Academy of Arts, London (1982); curated Dispossession, Indian artists at the First Johannesburg Biennale (1995); Bombay/ Mumbai (co-curation) for the multi-part exhibition, Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, Tate Modern, London (2001); subTerrain, for the Body.City project, House of World Cultures, Berlin (2003). She curated Aesthetic Bind , five exhibitions for Chemould50, Mumbai ( 2013-2014).
Geeta Kapur was member, International Jury for the Biennales at Venice (2005), Dakar (2006), and Sharjah (2007); member of the Asian Art Council, Guggenheim Museum, New York (2007-2009). She is member, Advisory Board, Asian Art Archive, Hong Kong (since 2009); member Advisory Committee Kochi-Muziris Biannale (since 2013).
A founder-editor of Journal of Arts & Ideas, she was on the advisory council of Third Text, and is an editorial advisor and Trustee of Marg. She has lectured in universities and museums worldwide and held Visiting Fellowships at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla; Clare Hall, University of Cambridge; Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Delhi; University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.
She was awarded the Padmashri in 2009.