Bruce Altshuler

22 Apr 2021


Bruce Altshuler. Photo courtesy of Fondazione Antonio Ratti.

Bruce Altshuler is the director of the museum studies program at the Graduate School of Arts and Science of New York University. From 1992 to 1998, he was director of the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, New York. Altshuler is the author of Biennials and Beyond: Exhibitions That Made Art History, 1962–2002 (Phaidon, 2013), Salon to Biennial: Exhibitions That Made Art History, 1863–1959 (Phaidon, 2008), The Avant-Garde in Exhibition: New Art in the 20th Century (Harry N. Abrams, 1994; University of California Press, 1998), and Isamu Noguchi (Abbeville, 1994) and editor of Collecting the New: Museums and Contemporary Art (Princeton University Press, 2005) and coeditor of Isamu Noguchi: Essays and Conversations (Harry N. Abrams, 1994). He has published numerous essays on modern and contemporary art, including catalogue essays for exhibitions organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Japan Society, New York; Fundación Juan March, Madrid; and Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany. From 1994 to 2000, he was a member of the graduate faculty of the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies and on the board of directors of the International Association of Art Critics / United States Section. From 1985 to 1989, he was associate director of Zabriskie Gallery, New York, and from 1998 to 2000, director of studies at Christie’s Education, New York. 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.

Altshuler contributed the introduction to Site Read: Seven Curators on Their Landmark Exhibitions, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage's anthology of essays from exhibition makers who illuminate the site-based innovations in now-iconic exhibitions they organized.