August 7, 2013

MA in Curatorial Practice Chaired by Steven Henry Madoff; Mark Tribe appointed Chair of MFA Fine Arts

School of Visual Arts (SVA)
Left: Steven Henry Madoff. Photo by Nir Arieli (BFA 2012 Photography). Right: Mark Tribe. Photo by Collier Schorr (BFA 1985 Communication Arts).

School of Visual Arts President David Rhodes has appointed internationally renowned curator, critic and author Steven Henry Madoff to chair a new MA Curatorial Practice Department and appointed artist, educator and Rhizome founder Mark Tribe to chair the MFA Fine Arts Department.

“The exponential growth of the global arts enterprise has greatly increased the need for curatorial knowledge and production,” Madoff said. “The Master’s in Curatorial Practice at SVA will take full advantage of the opportunities for study, mentorship and professional development right on our doorstep in New York City.”

Among those slated to teach in the MA Curatorial Practice Department are Matthew Higgs, Director and Chief Curator, White Columns; Hou Hanru, internationally renowned independent curator; Richard Flood, Director of Special Projects and Curator at Large, the New Museum; Claire Gilman, Curator, Drawing Center; David Ross, former Director of the Whitney and the SFMOMA, and chair, MFA Art Practice Department, SVA; David Frankel, Editorial Director, MoMA; Charles Renfro, partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Manon Slome, former curator at the Guggenheim and President and Chief Curator, No Longer Empty; Daniel Kunitz, Editor in Chief, Modern Painters; and Jovana Stokic, former Curator of Performance, Location One, and Deputy Director, MA Curatorial Practice Department, SVA; among many others.

The MFA Fine Arts Department at SVA reflects the diversity of New York City’s many art worlds. Together, the faculty and students form a community of established and emerging artists from many backgrounds who work across disciplines and modes of practice. Faculty members include Polly Apfelbaum, Sharon Fleischmann Aquavita, Perry Bard, Jake Berthot, James Clark, Petah Coyne, Kenji Fujita, Kate Gilmore, Johan Grimonprez, Ken Landauer, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Stephen Maine, Suzanne McClelland, Robert Melee, Marilyn Minter,Judith Page, Alix Pearlstein, David Row, Michelle Segre, James Siena, Lisa Sigal, Amy Smith-Stewart, Gary Stephan, Julianne Swartz, Hakan Topal, Fred Wilson, and Jacqueline Winsor.

The MA Curatorial Practice Department will open its doors in the fall of 2014. To request information or apply, contact [email protected].

Steven Henry Madoff was a senior critic at Yale, served as a curator for the Venice Biennale, and as President and Editorial Director of the AltaCultura division of MoMA. He was Executive Editor of ARTnews, was an art critic at Time magazine, and is a Contributing Editor at Modern Painters and ARTnews. His books include Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century) (MIT Press), Pop Art: A Critical History (University of California Press), and Christopher Wilmarth: Light and Gravity (Princeton University Press), among others. Most recently he directed “Host & Guest,” a multi-platform program of exhibitions and events at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Mark Tribe is an artist, educator and the founder of Rhizome, an organization that supports the creation, presentation, preservation and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology. Tribe’s art explores the aesthetics of political performances such as protest speeches, street protests and militia training exercises. His photographs, installations, videos and performances are exhibited widely; Posse Comitatus, a collaboration with Chelsea Knight that employs dance and video to examine the activities of American paramilitary groups, is on view at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, through September 9.

Prior to their new appointments, Madoff and Tribe taught in the MFA Art Practice Department at SVA.

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