Steven Henry Madoff

Steven Henry Madoff is the founding chair of the MA Curatorial Practice program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He has curated internationally and served as senior critic at Yale University’s School of Art. Madoff was executive editor of ARTnews and president and editorial director of AltaCultura, a project of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has contributed essays to collections such as Turning Points: Responsive Pedagogies in Studio Art Education (Teachers College Press, 2023); Learning by Curating. Current Trajectories in Critical Curatorial Education (Vector, 2022); Fabricating Publics (Open Humanities Press, 2021); After the Educational Turn: Critical Art Pedagogies and Decolonialism (Black Dog Press, 2018); La Valeur de l’art (Beaux-arts de Paris, 2018); To Seminar (Metropolis M, 2017); and Handbook for Artistic Research Education (ELIA, 2013). He is the series editor of Thoughts on Curating (Sternberg Press, 2021–ongoing). His books include Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century) (MIT Press, 2009); Christopher Wilmarth: Light and Gravity (Princeton University Press, 2004); While We’re Here (Hard Court Press, 1999); and Pop Art: A Critical History (University of California Press, 1997). His criticism and journalism have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Time, Artforum, Art in America, Tate Etc., ARTnews, and Modern Painters, where he served as contributing editor. Madoff is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Academy of American Poets, among others. He holds a BA from Columbia University and a PhD from Stanford University.