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Maika Pollack

Faculty, Language and Thinking Program

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Language and Thinking Program


Maika Pollack (B.A. Harvard, M.F.A. Columbia, M.A., Ph.D. A.B.D. Princeton) holds a BA from Harvard University, where she studied art writing under Peter Schjeldahl and wrote a thesis in art history with Yve-Alain Bois. She received an MFA in writing from Columbia University School of the Arts in 2005, where she became interested in the radical pedagogy of Paulo Freire and Peter Elbow, and an MA (2007) and is a PhD candidate in Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, where she researches 19th century European painting. She has taught at NYU, Bard College, and is currently visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Sarah Lawrence College, where she teaches courses on modern art and curatorial practice. Besides running Southfirst, the experimental art space she founded in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 2000, where she has presented exhibitions of Robert Grenier, Mark Fell, Michel Auder, Michelle Grabner, David Deutsch, and Group Material, among others, and received reviews in Artforum, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Flash Art, Art in America, and other publications, Pollack writes on art regularly, in part as the museums critic for the New York Observer, and has organized exhibitions in spaces from PS1 Contemporary Art Center and the Whitney Museum to the Lower East Side.


Phone: 845-758-7141
E-mail: pollack@bard.edu