BIOGRAPHY: Alhena Katsof is a curator and writer. She has organized exhibitions and performances with PARTICIPANT INC., Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, White Columns, Regina Rex, Leo Koenig Inc./Performa, and Lucie Fontaine. In 2014, Katsof curated Towards the Unknown a traveling exhibition of drawings by the master musician and artist Yusef Lateef (1920 - 2013). Katsof 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). From 2011-2017 Alhena was the Director of Strategy and Protocol for Public Movement, a performative research body. The performances she co-created with Dana Yahalomi have been activated in numerous institutions including the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (2017) and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2016).
WRITING: Katsof'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). Katsof co-authored the book Solution 263: Double Agent, with Dana Yahalomi, as part of the Solution Series edited by Ingo Neirmann (Sternberg Press, 2015). She has written about numerous artists including Polly Apfelbaum, Andrea Geyer, and Gordon Hall, and has published with Paper Monument, C Magazine, Canadian Art, KALEIDOSCOPE and MAP Magazine.
RESEARCH: From 2014-2018 Katsof was the primary research assistant on a book-length study of the artist David Hammons, led by the curator and scholar Elena Filipovic. David Hammons: Bliz-aard Ball Sale was written by Filipovic and published in 2017 by Afterall: Books as part of the One Work series, distributed by MIT Press.
LECTURES: Katsof is creating a series of lectures about the artist Hannah Höch (1889 - 1978). These have taken place at Bridget Donahue (New York, 2017), Rongwrong (Amsterdam, 2017), and with the Center for Experimental Lectures (Phoenicia, 2013). Katsof 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). In her role as Director of Strategy and Protocol for Public Movement, she has presented numerous lectures at venues such as the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Fort Worth, 2017) and SITAC XI (Mexico City, 2013).
TEACHING: Katsof is adjunct faculty at Eugene Lange College - The New School (New York). From 2015-2018 she was part-time faculty at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson).
RESIDENCIES: Katsof has participated in curatorial residencies and workshops at Denniston Hill (Glen Wild, 2015); Artport (Tel Aviv, 2014); Banff Center for Arts and Creativity (Banff, 2010). She was artist-in residence with Public Movement at IASPIS (Stockhom, 2012).
EDUCATION: Katsof is a graduate student in Performance Studies at New York University. She was a participant of de Appel Curatorial Programme (Amsterdam, 2009/2010), received an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art (Glasgow, 2007), and a Liberal Arts degree from Hampshire College (Amherst, 2003).
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