October 17, 2013

M.A. Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere

USC Roski School of Art and Design
Ghana Think Tank, portable work station, Queens, New York. Presented by Creative Time and Queens Museum of Art.

The M.A. Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere program will host info sessions with Director Rhea Anastas, graduate faculty, students and alumni on:

Tuesday October 15

Tuesday November 19

All who are interested in the program are encouraged to attend. For more information email [email protected] or visit

Admission info sessions are held in the Graduate Fine Arts Building, 3001 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007.

The deadline to apply for the 2014–2015 academic year is February 1, 2014.

The M.A. Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere is an intensive Master’s-level course in the practice and history of art, curating and critical theory. Over two years of study, students explore cultural production, writing, and programming in a curriculum that combines seminar and practicum formats, intimate guest lectures, and cross-disciplinary opportunities within a leading research university.

Seminars are taught by curators, art historians, artists, and critics whose work with leading institutions and publications provides critical insight to students as they pursue research and manifest their second-year exhibitions and individual Master’s Theses. This year’s faculty is Rhea Anastas, M.A. Director (art historian and co-founder of Orchard); Connie Butler (Chief Curator, Hammer Museum); Bruce Hainley (writer, curator); Karen Moss (curator, art historian); A.L. Steiner (artist and member of Chicks on Speed, founder of W.A.G.E.); John Tain (curator, Getty Research Institute); Lincoln Tobier (artist); Irene Tsatsos (Chief Curator/Director, Armory Center for the Arts) and Noura Wedell (scholar, translator, editor for Semiotext(e)).

Curatorial Practicum allows each student cohort to realize an original exhibition. The 2012 practicum Radio-Break consisted of radio transmissions and live performances throughout Los Angeles. The 2013 group exhibition Between Bodies in downtown Los Angeles featured Ghana Think Tank, Adrian Piper and rarely exhibited work by Artur Barrio and Juan Downey, among others. The exhibition was supplemented with a comprehensive 95-page catalog.

The USC Roski Graduate Lecture Series brings approximately 30 lecturers to campus each year. Guests remain on campus for extended discussions with graduate students in Roski’s M.A. together with MFA students in Fine Arts during the spring semester. Recent lectures include Frédérique Bergholtz/If I Can’t Dance, Josephine Pryde, David Joselit, Sharon Hayes, Tania Bruguera, Charles Ray, and Lucy Lippard.

USC offers a bold structure for interdisciplinary focus. The MA/MPL dual degree cross-registers students with the USC Price School of Public Policy and further engages methodologies of urban planning and community development. USC Thornton School of Music offers courses in Arts Leadership. USC Cinematic Arts hosts the innovative Institute for Multimedia Literacy (IML), offering graduate coursework in radical and scholarly uses of digital media: interactive, social, and mobile design and theory—open to all master’s and doctoral programs at USC.

The city of Los Angeles is home to a wide array of artists and of resources and practices in art, architecture and the urban sphere including museums, galleries, nonprofit spaces, publishers and research institutes.

For more information about application requirements, or to apply online, visit


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