Henriette Huldisch

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Henriette Huldisch is a German-born American curator of contemporary art. She is currently the director of exhibitions at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Boston, Massachusetts.[1][2]


Huldisch, an expert on film and video, started working in the museum world in 2001 immediately after she graduated NYU’s film-studies program.[1] Originally from Hamburg, Germany, Huldisch came to the United States after receiving a first master’s in American studies at Berlin’s Humboldt University.[1]


From 2001 to 2008, Huldisch was an Assistant Curator at the Whitney, where she co-curated the 2008 Whitney Biennial with Shamim M. Momin.[3][4] Arthur C. Danto, reviewing the Biennial in The Nation, praised Huldisch's characterisation of 'Lessness. An Art of Smaller, Slower, and Less' in her catalog essay as "well said and wise".[5] From 2010 to 2014, Huldisch was a Curator at the Hamburger Bahnhof contemporary art museum in Berlin, Germany where she curated many exhibitions including an Anthony McCall survey in 2012, a show of Harun Farocki, and “Body Pressure: Sculpture since the 1960s,” which she co-curated with Lisa Marei Schmidt.[6][7]

At the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Huldisch has curated “An Inventory of Shimmers: Objects of Intimacy in Contemporary Art” (2017), an exhibition of conceptual art which "plugs into perceptions of love, trust, and care. ... It provokes discomfort and wonder in equal parts, but shies away from sentimentality."[8] In 2018, Huldisch curated Before Projection: VIDEO SCULPTURE 1974 – 1995[9] and edited the exhibition book.[10] The show brought together works by Andrea Büttner, Sophie Calle, Alejandro Cesarco, Jason Dodge, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Antonia Hirsch, Jill Magid, Park McArthur, Lisa Tan, Erika Vogt, Susanne M. Winterling, and Anicka Yi.[11] It was described in an Artforum review as "eye-opening", "one of the finest moving-image gallery exhibitions in recent memory .. [which] conveys the history of the medium with an all-too-rare precision, mingling canonical names with rediscoveries."[12] An Art Monthly reviewer noted that Huldisch was making "a point .. about the feminist potential of the nascent technology", and commented that "The greater achievement of ‘Before Projection’ may be that, in its bringing together of a sort of family of artworks under the banner of video sculpture, it demonstrates how video dealt a blow to concepts of medium specificity and patrilineal avant-garde progress at the same time".[9]


  1. ^ a b c Berwick, Carly (29 February 2008). "The Facebook Biennial". NYMag.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  2. ^ "Staff". MIT List Visual Arts Center. 14 January 2014.
  3. ^ Vogel, Carol (9 February 2007). "Whitney Looks to Itself for the Next Biennial". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Tang, Jeannine (November 2008). "Modest Proposals: Whitney '08". The Art Book. 15 (4): 53–54. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  5. ^ Danto, Arthur C. (26 May 2008). "Unlovable". The Nation. 286 (20): 33–36. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Henriette Huldisch Named Curator of MIT List Visual Arts Center". www.artforum.com.
  7. ^ Russeth, Andrew (10 January 2014). "MIT List Visual Arts Center Hires Henriette Huldisch as Curator". Observer.
  8. ^ McQuaid, Cate (31 May 2017). "Getting up close and personal at MIT". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  9. ^ a b Homersham, Lizzie (Dec 2018 – Jan 2019). "Reviews - Exhibitions: Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995". Art Monthly (422): 22–23. Retrieved 7 February 2019.CS1 maint: date format (link)
  10. ^ "Before Projection". UChicago Books.
  11. ^ "MIT List Visual Arts Center opens group exhibition curated by Henriette Huldisch". artdaily.com.
  12. ^ Halter, Ed (December 2018). "Film: 2. "BEFORE PROJECTION: VIDEO SCULPTURE 1974–1995"". Artforum. Retrieved 1 February 2019.

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