Maika Pollack

BA, Harvard University. MFA, Columbia University. MA, PhD, Princeton University. Dissertation, “Odilon Redon and the Color of the Unconscious,” looks at psychology, painting, and theories of vision in fin-de-siècle France. Her writing on contemporary art and culture has been published by ArtforumThe New York Times, and Interview; museum exhibition critic for The New York Observer (2011-15). Catalogue essays include PS1 Contemporary Art Center and Château de Nyon, Geneva. Co-founder and curator of Southfirst, a contemporary art space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that has presented experimental exhibitions for more than a decade; her shows have frequently been reviewed in The New York TimesThe New YorkerArt in AmericaArtNews, and Artforum, among other publications. Served since 2005 on the faculty for the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College. SLC, 2013–

Undergraduate discipline: Art History

Courses taught in Art History

Courses from previous years

2014-2015
  • Art Since 1945
  • Contemporary Curating: Art/Contexts
  • Dada and Surrealism: Art and Politics
2013-2014
  • Contemporary Curating: Art and Context
  • Depicting Decadence: Bohemians, Anarchists, and “New Women” in European Art and Culture, 1863-1914
  • The Artful Science: Photography and Society, 1825-1919

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