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The Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Practice (CP) is a two-year, 50-credit professional training program that addresses the exponential growth of curatorial venues worldwide and the ongoing establishment of curatorial practice as a discipline. The program emphasizes hands-on training with working professionals, a thorough grounding in history and theory, and attention to curatorial work across the visual arts, design, film, new media, performance and research-based cultural production.

Based in Chelsea, with easy access to galleries, museums and other venues throughout New York City, CP takes full advantage of the countless opportunities for study, mentoring and professional development available on our doorstep. Students are involved in every aspect of curatorial production: they intern with local, national and international institutions, and continually engage in exhibition-making and related activities around the city. CP participants make use of our purpose-built facilities, designed by Charles Renfro of Diller, Scofidio + Renfro and Leong Leong, as well as other SVA resources such as workshops, studios, libraries and labs.

Applicants with a prior background in curatorial work are especially encouraged, as are art historians and artists whose enterprises are relevant to advanced work in curatorial practice. A thorough knowledge of modern and contemporary art is expected.

2016 – 2017 student population

15 matriculated students

Department chair

Steven Henry Madoff, curator, critic and author

Some notable faculty members

Yona Backer (president, Third Streaming Advisory Services, New York), Daniel Birnbaum (director, Moderna Museet, Stockholm), Ana Paula Cohen (independent curator, São Paulo),  Joshua Decter (writer, curator and art historian), Thierry de (Eveylyn Kranes Kossak professor and distinguished lecturer in the department of Art and Art History, Hunter College, New York), Sarah Demeuse (independent curator and co-founder of Rivet, New York), David Frankel (editorial director, Museum of Modern Art, New York), Tim Griffin (director and chief curator, The Kitchen, New York), Hou Hanru (artistic director, MAXXI, National Museum of 21st Century Art, Rome), Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy (curator of contemporary art, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York), Brian Kuan Wood (founding editor, e-flux journal), Daniel Kunitz (author and former editor in chief, Modern Painters magazine), Maria Lind (director, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm), Chus Martinez (director, Institute of Aesthetic Practice and Theory, Academy of Arts and Design, Basel), Christiane Paul (associate professor and associate dean, School of Media Studies, The New School, and adjunct curator of New Media Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York), Laurel Ptak (director, Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn), Sara Reisman (artistic director, the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, New York),  Charles Renfro (partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro), David A. Ross (former director, Whitney Museum of American Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; chair, SVA MFA Art Practice), Terry Smith (Andrew W. Mellon professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory in the department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh, and professor in the division of Philosophy, Art, and Critical Theory, European Graduate School, Leuk-Statdt and Berlin), Jennifer Tobias (reader services librarian, Museum of Modern Art, New York), Keith Whitmoyer (philosopher), Mick Wilson (director, Valand Academy, the University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

The Curatorial Practice Advisory Council

Marina Abramovic, artist, New York; Defne Ayas, director, Witte de With, Rotterdam; Ute Meta Bauer, director, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore; Daniel Birnbaum, director, Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Okwui Enwezor, director, Haus der Kunst, Munich; Thelma Golden, director, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Madeleine Grynsztejn, director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Hou Hanru, artistic director, MAXXI, National Museum of 21st Century Art, Rome; Udo Kittelmann, director, National Gallery, Berlin; Vasif Kortun, director of research and programs, SALT, Istanbul; Suzannne Landau, director and chief curator, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv; Lars Nittve, former executive director, M+, Hong Kong; Lisa Phillips, director, The New Museum, New York; Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, director, Osmos, New York; Paul Schimmel, partner, Hauser, Wirth & Shimmel, Los Angeles; Olga Viso, executive director, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Sheena Wagstaff, chairman, Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

More information

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