Bruce J. Altshuler

Clinical Prof Of Museum Studies, Dir Museum Studies


Ph.D. 1977 (Philosophy), M.A. 1974, Harvard University; B.A. 1971 (Philosophy), Princeton University.

Areas of Research/Interest

History of exhibitions, history of museums, modern and contemporary art.

External Affiliations

International Association of Art Critics (AICA/USA); American Association of Museums; College Art Association.


Dedalus Foundation Senior Fellowship, 2010
Sir Banister Fletcher Award, 2009
ACLS Study Fellowship, 1980-81


“Tate Modern: a museum for our times”, The Art Newspaper, June 15, 2016

“The Met gets a second chance to get contemporary art right”, The Art Newspaper, April 2016

 “Collections, Audience, and Enlightenment,” in Kurt Almqvist and Louise Belfrage, eds., Museums of the World: Towards a New Understanding of a Historical Institution (Stockholm: Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation, 2015)

“Exhibitions Take Center Stage,” Art in America, June/July 2013

Biennials and Beyond; Exhibitions that Made Art History, 1962-2002 (Phaidon Press, 2013)

"A Canon of Exhibitions," MJ - Manifesta Journal, No. 11, Spring/Summer 2011.

"Threads of Chance and Intention," in Iwona Blazwick, ed., A Manual for the 21st Century Art Institution (London: Whitechapel Gallery, 2009)

Salon to Biennial -- Exhibitions That Made Art History, Volume I: 1863-1959 (Phaidon Press Inc., 2008)

Collecting the New: Museums and Contemporary Art (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005), editor.

"'Once an Oriental Always an Oriental': The American Display and Reception of Noguchi's Ceramics," in Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics, ex. cat. (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 2003).

"Isamu Noguchi Indoors: Home Furnishings and Interior Design," in Isamu Noguchi Sculptural Design. Weil am Rhein: Vitra Design Museum. 2001.

"Instructions for a World of Stickiness: The Early Conceptual Work of Yoko Ono," in Yes. Yoko Ono. New York: Japan Society and Harry N. Abrams. 2000.

The Avant-Garde in Exhibition: New Art in the Twentieth Century. New York: Harry N. Abrams. 1994. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1998.

"Art by Instruction and the Pre-History of do it," in do it. New York: Independent Curators Incorporated. 1997.

"'The Modern World is Our Business': The Carnegie International in the Gordon Bailey Washburn Years, 1950-1962," in International Encounters: The Carnegie International and Contemporary Art, 1896-1996. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum of Art. 1996.

"Buckminster Fuller: Three Urban Projects," in Sites & Stations: Provisional Utopias. New York: Lusitania Books. 1996.

Isamu Noguchi. New York: Abbeville Press. 1994.

Isamu Noguchi: Essays and Conversations. Co-editor. New York: Harry N. Abrams. 1994.

“The Cage Class," in FluxAttitudes. Ghent: Imschoot Uitgevers. 1991.

Topics in Museum Studies: Art Exhibitions After 1960 (MSMS-GA 3330)
Museums and Contemporary Art (MSMS-GA 3335)
Research in Museum Studies (MSMS-GA 3915)