Curatorial Studies in the Public Sphere

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About the Program

The M.A. Curatorial Studies in the Public Sphere is an intensive Master's-level program in the practice and history of curating studied through the lens of critical theory and the history of art. With a focus on the research and exhibition of contemporary art, as well as attending to art historical curating and broader conceptions of curating such as performance art programming, instructors with international careers lead students in asking social questions about the exhibition of art (broadly construed) in relation to its publics. Over two years of full-time academic study, students explore modes of curatorial practice in a curriculum combining seminars and professional training. Courses are lead by USC Roski's internationally acclaimed faculty, which includes renowned artists, scholars, critics and curators.

In addition to Roski's distinguished full-time faculty, recent and current visiting faculty in the MFA program have included Tala Madani, Allen Ruppersberg, Ali Subotnick, Sadie Benning, Paul Sietsema, Evan Holloway, Bruce Hainley, Paul Chan, Britt Salvesen, Glenn Phillips, and Stanya Kahn. Recent guest lecturers include John Baldessari, Meg Cranston, Fred Moten, Ian Svenonius, the Yes Men, Tirdad Zolghadr, Silke Otto-Knapp, Franklin Sirmans, Huma Bhabha, Nao Bustamante, Benjamin Bratton, Jim Hodges, Zackary Drucker, Dominic Johnson, Chon Noriega, Nance Klehm, Ken Gonzales-Day, Jane Burton, Lorraine O'Grady, Meiling Cheng, Stuart Comer, Sheila de Brettville, Mary Kelly and Lucía Sanromán.

2015 MA Practicum Exhibition


Next Lecture

Meiling Cheng, writer, critic, performer
12pm Wednesday Apr 1st @ USC IFT

Stuart Comer, MoMA curator
7pm Thursday Apr 9th @ MoCA

Lucia Sanroman, curator
12pm Wednesday Apr 22nd @ USC IFT