Karen Moss

Karen Moss
Karen Moss is a Los Angeles-based art historian, curator, educator and writer who curates exhibitions, artists’ residencies, performances, public projects and education programs. Her areas of interest range from conceptual, performance and intermedia art of the 1960s to more contemporary experimental, social and pedagogical practices. She is professor at Otis College of Art and Design’s Graduate Public Practice MFA program and faculty at the USC Roski School of Fine Arts Curatorial M.A. Program. 
 
Currently, she is the consulting curator for Talking to Action, a multi-platform exhibition of social practice artists from seven Latin American countries and Los Angeles for the Getty Pacific Standard Time LA/LA initiative in 2017. She also one of the curators for CURRENT: LA, the inaugural Los Angeles Public Art Biennial including 15 major site-specific installations along the LA River (July 14 – August 2016) and is working on projects with Mel Chin, Rirkrit Tiranvanija, Kori Newkirk and Refik Anadol/Peggy Weil.
 
Previously, as Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Programs at Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) (2005-10) Moss curated numerous artists’ projects and exhibitions, including State of Mind: New Art from California Circa 1970 for the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Los Angeles which toured throughout the US and to Canada and co-curated three of the California Biennials. Prior to OCMA, Moss was Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at San Francisco Art Institute where she organised exhibitions and international artists’ residencies including those with Ghada Amer, Tania Bruguera, Wim Delvoye, Pierre Huyghe and Philppe Parenno, Los Carpinteros and Rirkrit Tiranvanija. Earlier in her career she held curatorial and education positions at the Walker Art Center; Santa Monica Museum of Art; MOCA, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara Museum of Art and she also attended the Whitney’s Independent Study Program. 
 
Moss received her B.A. in Studio Art and Art History from UC Santa Cruz, did her initial graduate work in art history at UC Berkeley then received her MA and PhD in art history from University of Southern California where she wrote her doctoral dissertation, “Performance in Pedagogy: Anna Halprin, Allan Kaprow and Alison Knowles’ Scored-Based Events in Experimental Arts Education.” She has taught undergraduate and graduate level art history, critical theory and curatorial studies at art schools and universities including Cal State University, Long Beach, Otis College of Art and Design; San Francisco Art Institute, and University of Southern California.
 
Moss has authored numerous museum exhibition catalogues, written guest essays for arts publications, and contributed to scholarly journals. She is resident at Fire Station in June 2016.
 
Image Credit:
Frente de 3 Feveveiro, Arquitetura de la Exclusion from Takling to Action