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  • Alhena Katsof

    Part-time Lecturer, Visual Studies


    Office Location
    A - Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall - 66 West 12th Street

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    Alhena Katsof


    Alhena Katsof is a writer who organizes exhibitions and performances in close conversation with artists. Her collaborative projects include the film commission and exhibition Telepathic Improvisation with Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz and Towards the Unknown, a touring exhibition of drawings, scores, and graphic notations by the autophysiopsychic musician Yusef Lateef. The performances she created with Dana Yahalomi, Director of Public Movement, have been staged at international venues including the Santarcangelo Festival, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Katsof and Yahalomi co-authored the book Solution 263: Double Agent (Sternberg Press), which analyzes the way art is used as a tool of oppression by the Zionist project. Elsewhere, Katsof's performative lectures about the artist Hannah Höch's illicit activities in her garden during World War II have been presented at the Center for Experimental Lectures, Rongwrong, and Bridget Donahue Gallery. With Karen Kelley and Barbara Schroeder, Katsof co-edited and contributed to Andrea Geyer: Dance in a Future with All Present (Dancing Foxes Press and PICA). Katsof has written catalog essays about numerous artists including Polly Apfelbaum, Nicole Eisenman, Gordon Hall, Lena Henke, and Hannah Höch. Her writing about exhibitions has been published in volumes such as The Artist As Curator: An Anthology (Mousse Publishing), How Institutions Think: Between Contemporary Art and Curatorial Discourse (MIT Press), and As Radical, As Mother, As Salad, As Shelter: What Should Art Institutions Do Now? (Paper Monument). Katsof was the research assistant on David Hammons: Bliz-aard Ball Sale (MIT Press), Elena Filipovic's book-length study of the artist. She was also part of the research team for the Joan Jonas Knowledge Base, a project of the Artist Archives Initiative hosted by Fales Library at New York University. Katsof served as Volkswagen Fellow at MoMA PS1 where she worked with the design and research studio Metahaven and has curated exhibitions and public programs at numerous New York City venues including White Columns and PARTICIPANT INC. Prior to this, she was Museum as Hub Fellow at the New Museum. 


    Current Courses

    Practicing Curating

    Practicing Curating (Spring 2021)

    Practicing the Environment

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