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  • Alhena Katsof

    Part-time Lecturer, Visual Studies


    Office Location
    A - 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 served as Volkswagen Fellow at MoMA PS1, where she worked with the design and research studio Metahaven, and as the Museum as Hub Fellow at the New Museum. 

    Future Courses

    Exhibitions as History
    LVIS 2010, Fall 2022

    Practicing Curating
    LVIS 3250, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

    Past Courses

    Practicing Curating
    LVIS 3250, Spring 2022

    Staging A Revolution
    LINA 2060, Spring 2022

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