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Director and Chief Curator, John Young Museum of Art and University Galleries, and Assistant Professor of Curatorial Studies and Art History
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Maika Pollack is Co-founder and Director of Southfirst (2000-2018), a contemporary art space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that presented experimental exhibitions for more than a decade. The shows she curated have frequently been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America, ArtNews, and Artforum, among other publications. Prior to starting the gallery, she worked at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, in Queens, where, as the sole curatorial assistant to the Chief Curator, she was integral in programming the earliest iterations of the popular “Warm Up” summer program. She also founded the imprint Object Relations, which has printed several books featuring rare or out-of-print texts including Excerpts from the 1971 Journal of Rosemary Mayer (2016) and Joe Gibbons: Drawings From Rikers (2017).

Pollack has a PhD in Art History from Princeton University. Her dissertation on Odilon Redon looked at color and colonialism in fin-de-siècle French painting and printmaking. Her writing on contemporary art and culture has been published by The New York Times, Interview, ArtNews, Arforum, BOMB, Aperture, The Brooklyn Rail, etc. and she was the Museum Exhibition Critic for The New York Observer from 2011-2015.

2015 - Ph.D. History of Art, Princeton University
2007 - M.A. History of Art, Princeton University
1999 - A.B. Art History, Harvard University, magna cum laude