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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 organizes collaborative exhibitions and performance-based projects. Her curatorial endeavors include Telepathic Improvisation with Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz and Towards the Unknown, a traveling exhibition of drawings, scores, and graphic notations by the autophysiopsychic musician Yusef Lateef. Katsof served as Volkswagen Fellow at MoMA PS1 where she worked with the design and research studio Metahaven. Prior to this, she was Museum as Hub Fellow at the New Museum. From 2011 to 2018, Katsof was the Director of Strategy and Protocol for Public Movement. The performances she created with Dana Yahalomi (Director, Public Movement) have been staged at numerous international venues including the Santarcangelo Festival, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Together, Katsof and Yahalomi co-authored the book Solution 263: Double Agent (Sternberg Press). Katsof's performance-lectures about the artist Hannah Höch's activities during the Third Reich, which included growing plants prohibited by Nazi horticulturalists while burying in her garden Dada photomontages banned by the fascist regime, have been presented at the Center for Experimental Lectures, Rongwrong, and Bridget Donahue. 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). Additionally, Katsof has written catalog essays about artists including Polly Apfelbaum, Nicole Eisenman, and Gordon Hall. Her writing about exhibitions has been published in volumes including 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).

    Current Courses

    Perf. in Age of Pandemic: DSC

    Performance in Age of Pandemic

    Practicing Curating

    Practicing Curating (Paris Spring 2021)

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