Bruce Altshuler

30 Nov 2016


Bruce Altshuler. Photo courtesy of Fondazione Antonio Ratti.

Bruce Altshuler directs the museum studies program in the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University. Throughout his career, he has been a teacher, museum director and gallery director, including positions as vice president at Christie's, Inc., and director of studies at Christie's Education (1998-2000); director of the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum in Long Island City, New York (1992–98); member of the graduate faculty of the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies (1994–2000); and director of the Zabriskie Gallery, NY (1985–89). He has published numerous essays on modern and contemporary art, including catalog essays for exhibitions organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Japan Society, Fundacion Juan March, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and Vitra Design Museum. Altshuler is the author or editor of several books, including The Avant-Garde in Exhibition: New Art in the 20th Century (Harry N. Abrams, 1994; University of California Press, 1998); Isamu Noguchi: Essays and Conversations (Harry N. Abrams, 1994); Collecting the New: Museums and Contemporary Art (Princeton University Press, 2005); Salon to Biennial—Exhibitions That Made Art History, Volume I: 1863–1959 (Phaidon Press, 1998); and Biennials and Beyond: Exhibitions that Made Art History, Volume II: 1962-2002 (Phaidon Press, 2013). Altshuler visited the Center in summer 2011 to talk to Philadelphia-area curators about the history of exhibition-making and how curating evolved over the 20th century.