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, 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

Harry Dodge, artist
6pm Tuesday Jan 12 @ USC IFT

Jennifer Doyle, art historian
6pm Tuesday Jan 19 @ USC IFT

Lynn Hershman Leeson, artist & filmmaker
6pm Tuesday Jan 26 @ USC Wong Auditorium