BIOGRAPHY: Alhena Katsof is an independent curator. In 2017, Alhena is co-curating, with Mason Leaver-Yap, the first US solo exhibition and film commission by the artists Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz. The film is streaming as part of the Walker Art Center Moving Image Commissions. Exhibitions will be 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, Andrew Kreps Gallery, 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). 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). 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.
WRITING: Alhena's essay about the Times Square Show (1980) is published in the anthology The Artist As Curator, edited by Elena Filipovic (Mousse, 2017). Her essay, The Arched Bow of the Institution of Display will be published in the book How Institutions Think (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). Alhena's writing appears in the exhibition catalog for Travels on a Slender Thread, Andrea Geyer's solo exhibition at the New Foundation Seattle (2015), and she edited the Reader for Malin Arnell's 67.3% PERFORMATIVE RESEARCH SEMINAR (2014). Previously, Alhena contributed short-form writing to C Magazine, Canadian Art, KALEIDOSCOPE and MAP Magazine.
LECTURES: Alhena has lectured on the artist Hannah Höch (1889 - 1978) at Rongwrong (Amsterdam, 2017) and with the Center for Experimental Lectures (Phoenicia, 2013). She 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, Katsof has presented lectures at venues including: Kunsthalle Basel (Basel, 2015) and SITAC XI (Mexico City, 2013).
TEACHING: Alhena is a faculty member at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, 2014 - ongoing). She taught at Parsons School of Design - The New School and curated the Parsons Fine Art MFA Thesis Exhibition at PARTICIPANT INC. (New York, 2016). Alhena was adjunct faculty in the Painting Department at Rhode Island School of Art and Design (Providence, 2013), and has been a Visiting Critic at numerous art schools and residency programs. 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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