BIOGRAPHY: Alhena Katsof is an independent curator who frequently works between artistic and curatorial practices. In 2017, Alhena co-curated, with Mason Leaver-Yap, the first US solo exhibition and film commission by the artist duo Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz. The film streamed as part of the Walker Art Center Moving Image Commissions and exhibitions were held at PARTICIPANT INC. and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in partnership with EMPAC / Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. Alhena has organized exhibitions and performances with White Columns, Regina Rex, and Lucie Fontaine, all in New York. In 2014, Alhena curated Towards the Unknown a traveling exhibition of drawings by the master musician and artist Yusef Lateef (1920 - 2013). She served as Volkswagen Fellow at MoMA PS1 where she worked with the design and research studio, Metahaven (New York, 2012). Prior, she was Museum As Hub Fellow at the New Museum (New York, 2011). The same year Alhena co-curated, with Dean Daderko, the artist MPA's solo exhibition Directing Light Onto Fist of Father at Leo Koenig Inc., which included a performance as part of Performa 2011. Alhena is the Director of Strategy and Protocol for Public Movement, a performative research body. She co-conceptualized Public Movement's exhibition National Collection and created the Debriefing Session performances with Dana Yahalomi, Director of Public Movement, which have been activated most recently at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City (2016), as part of the exhibition But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa curated by Sara Raza and during the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art WheredoIendandyoubegin curated by Nav Haq (2017).
WRITING: Alhena's essays about exhibitions appear in The Artist As Curator: An Anthology edited by Elena Filipovic (Mousse Publishing, 2017) and How Institutions Think: Between Contemporary Art and Curatorial Discourse edited by Lucy Steeds, Paul O'Neill and Mick Wilson (MIT Press, 2017). Alhena co-authored the book Solution 263: Double Agent, with Dana Yahalomi, as part of the Solution Series edited by Ingo Neirmann and published by Sternberg Press (2015). She has contributed to publications about artists such as Malin Arnell, Andrea Geyer and Gordon Hall, and previously published short-form writing with C Magazine, Canadian Art, KALEIDOSCOPE and MAP Magazine.
LECTURES: Alhena is creating a series of lectures about the artist Hannah Höch (1889 - 1978). Previous iterations have taken place at Bridget Donahue (New York, 2017), Rongwrong (Amsterdam, 2017), and with the Center for Experimental Lectures (Phoenicia, 2013). Alhena has presented on the artist Louise Bourgeois (1911 - 2010) as part of the 99 Objects program at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, 2015). Additionally, in her role as Director of Strategy and Protocol for Public Movement, Alhena has presented numerous lectures including, for instance, at SITAC XI (Mexico City, 2013).
TEACHING: Alhena is a faculty member at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson) and adjunct faculty at Eugene Lange College - The New School (New York). She curated the Parsons Fine Art MFA Thesis Exhibition at PARTICIPANT INC. (New York, 2016) and has taught at the Rhode Island School of Art and Design (Providence). Alhena is on the Advisory Committee at the International Studio & Curatorial Program.
RESIDENCIES: Alhena has been invited to participate in curatorial residencies and workshops at Denniston Hill (Glen Wild, 2015); Artport (Tel Aviv, 2014); Banff Center for Arts and Creativity (Banff, 2010). Alhena was artist-in residence with Public Movement at IASPIS (Stockhom, 2012).
EDUCATION: Alhena was a participant of de Appel Curatorial Programme (Amsterdam, 2009/2010) where she co-curated the exhibition, I’m Not Here. An Exhibition Without Francis Alÿs. She received an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art (Glasgow, 2007) and an undergraduate degree from Hampshire College (Amherst, 2003).
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