Alhena Katsof

Alhena Katsof works in the spaces between artistic and curatorial practice, frequently through forms of writing. Her texts reflect on art and artists, as well as the intersection between art and politics. In her ongoing role with the performative research group Public Movement, Katsof co-authored the book Solution 263: Double Agent, as part of the Solution Series edited by Ingo Neirmann (Sternberg Press: 2015). Katsof also creates performances with Public Movement, which have been presented at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Steirischer Herbst Festival, New Museum and the Gothenburg Biennial. Katsof’s essay about the legendary exhibition Times Square Show, which was organized by the New York artist group Collaborative Projects Inc., is included in the anthology The Artist As Curator, edited by Elena Filipovic (Mousse Publishing: 2017).

Katsof has worked closely with artists including Laura Aldridge, MPA, Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, Metahaven and Adrián Villar Rojas. From 2006 – 2009 she curated an exhibition platform in her Glasgow apartment under the name A.Vermin. As an independent curator, Katsof has organized exhibitions and performances with venues including: Participant Inc., the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, White Columns, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Regina Rex, and Leo Koenig Projekte. In 2014, Katsof curated the first traveling solo exhibition of drawings by the master musician Yusef Lateef, which organized with White Columns, traveled to Hampshire College Art Gallery and Trinosophes.

An exploration of process-based gestures in contemporary art has shaped Katsof’s endeavors, which sometimes take the form of performative lectures. These have been presented internationally in numerous contexts including: Whitney Museum of American Art, Kunsthalle Basel, Rongwrong, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Center for Experimental Lectures, and SITAC XI. Katsof was curator-in-residence at Deniston Hill in Glen Wild and Artport in Tel Aviv, as well as artist-in-residence at IASPIS in Stockholm, with Public Movement. Additionally, Katsof served as Volkswagen Fellow at MoMA PS1 in 2012 and Museum as Hub Fellow at the New Museum in 2011. Katsof was a participant on the Curatorial Programme at de Appel Arts Center and graduated with an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art.