Linda Norden

Linda Norden is a curator, writer and part-time professor of art history, theory, and criticism currently teaching for the B.F.A. and M.F.A. programs at the Malmo Art Academy in Malmo, Sweden, and at Cornell. Norden curated contemporary art at Harvard University's Fogg Art Museum between 1998 and 2006; directed the City University of New York's Graduate Center Gallery (The James Gallery) from 2008–10; and served as Commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion for the 2005 Venice Biennale, where she organized Ed Ruscha's project, Course of Empire, with Whitney Museum curator and deputy director, Donna DeSalvo. Norden has written about many contemporary artists for Artforum and for various catalogs and publications. Most recently she wrote about the L.A. painter Laura Owens; Norwegian photographer Torbjorn Rodland; and New York City/L.A. artist Jordan Wolfson. She is currently organizing an exhibition titled Project in the Drain, based on the late "Marxist movie composer" Hanns Eisler's mid-20th century composition titled 14 Ways of Considering the Rain, with New York/Austrian artist Rainer Ganahl. Additionally, Norden is organizing a longer-term exhibition project on Sol Lewitt's collection and shifts in the conceptualization of his instruction-based art over the course of his years living part-time in Italy.

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Classes (Selected)

  • ART 3909 NYC Professional Practice
  • ART 4100 Senior Seminar (fall 2018)This advanced seminar is designed to accompany the first semester of Thesis studio. The class fosters investigation of artistic intentionality and its relation to visual expression and its discursive treatment. It begins with assignments structured to identify the conceptual, social, historical, and formal considerations relevant to each student's artistic practice. Once identified, these become the basis for rigorous research and consideration. This undertaking is designed to support advanced thesis projects and art practices going forward.
  • ART 6000 Graduate Seminar (fall 2018)Seminar exploring selected writings on current issues in the visual arts. Designed to introduce graduate students to several approaches to critical inquiry and analysis of contemporary artistic practice. Topics vary but may include related issues in areas such as critical theory, identity politics, institutional frames, sustainability, urbanization, and globalization.
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