December 5, 2011

USC’s M.A. Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere: Call for Applications

USC Roski School of Art and Design
M.A. students recently traveled to the Center for Land Use Interpretation’s (CLUI) Desert Research Center in the Mojave Desert and nearby Edwards Air Force Base, led by CLUI Director Matthew Coolidge and faculty member Lucy Raven. Photo by Lucy Raven, 2011.

The M.A. Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere program at the USC Roski School of Fine Arts will host an Admission Info Session with Interim Director Rhea Anastas, Dean Rochelle Steiner, graduate faculty, students and alumni on:


Thursday, January 12, 2012
5:00–6:30 p.m.


All who are interested in the program are encouraged to attend. For more information, or to RSVP, please call 213-743-8540, email [email protected], or visit


The Admission Info Session will be held in the Graduate Fine Arts Building, 3001 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007.


The deadline to apply for the 2012–2013 academic year is February 1, 2012.


About the M.A. Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere Program
The M.A. Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere program is an intensive Master’s-level course in the practice and history of art, curating and critical theory. With a focus on the research and exhibition of contemporary art, instructors with international careers lead students in asking social questions about the exhibition of art and its publics. Over two years of full-time academic study, students explore new modes of production in a curriculum combining seminars and professional training. The M.A. features courses that focus on new developments in the scholarship and theory of contemporary art and courses that emphasize research and the conception and realization of exhibitions as practices. Course highlights include the Curatorial Practicum, a multi-term laboratory of exhibition-making and theory in relation to the public sphere. Students work collaboratively to conceptualize, research and organize a culminating project. This includes mounting a public exhibition and presenting a connected publication and programming in Los Angeles. In a Master’s Thesis, students develop individual, original research on a topic in contemporary art with the guidance of faculty. In addition to a faculty that includes Rhea Anastas, Karen Moss, Lucy Raven, Carol Stakenas, Rochelle Steiner, John Tain, and Noura Wedell, The Graduate Lecture Series brings artists, curators, scholars and critics into conversation with students to share developing aesthetic and social debates across the cultural field.


Visiting lecturers from recent years include:
Edgar Arceneaux, Vito Acconci, Ute Meta Bauer, Beatrice von Bismarck, Mark Bradford, Gregg Bordowitz, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Teddy Cruz, Mark Dion, Sam Durant, Harrell Fletcher, Andrea Fraser, Thelma Golden, Renée Green, Boris Groys, Hou Hanru, Alfredo Jaar, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Grant Kester, Rick Lowe, Allan McCollum, Kyong Park, Anne Pasternak, Marko Peljhan, Patricia Phillips, Marjetica Potrc, Allan Sekula, Felicity Scott, Gregory Sholette, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Krzysztof Wodiczko.


About the USC Roski School of Fine Arts
First organized in 1883, the USC Roski School of Fine Arts is the oldest art school in Southern California. A supportive environment for experimentation in visual art of all media, the school encourages interdisciplinary, progressive approaches to studio art, design, curatorial practice, and critical studies. With equal emphasis on making and thinking, the USC Roski School prepares artists, designers, curators, and writers to contribute in new and meaningful ways both to their fields and to society at large.


For further information about the M.A. Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere program, please contact us at [email protected] or visit


For more information about application requirements, or to apply online, visit or call 213-743-8540.


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