Maika Pollack

BA, Harvard. MFA, Columbia. MA, PhD (ABD), Princeton. As a PhD candidate in the history of art and architecture, her 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 Artforum, Interview, Flash Art, and numerous museum and gallery exhibition catalogues, including PS1 Contemporary Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland. Co-founder of Southfirst, an innovative contemporary art space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that has presented emerging artists and artist-curated exhibitions for more than a decade. Her shows have frequently been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America, and Artforum. Most recently a full-time lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program and, since 2005, on the faculty for the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College. Museums critic (biweekly column) for The New York Observer. Recipient of numerous grants and fellowships. SLC, 2013–

Courses taught in Art History

Courses from previous years

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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