Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere


About the Program

The M.A. Curatorial Practices and 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 led by USC Roski's internationally acclaimed faculty, which includes renowned artists, scholars, critics and curators.

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, and Lucía Sanromán.

MA Info Sessions

For program information or to visit in person, please contact the M.A. program at or 213-743-1804.

Next Lecture

Jennifer Steinkamp, artist and professor
Design Media at UCLA
6pm Tuesday Nov 17 @ USC IFT

Ewa Tartar, Krakow-based art historian/critic
6pm Tuesday Dec 1 @ USC IFT