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Thyrza Nichols Goodeve

Thyrza Nichols Goodeve,


Thyrza Nichols Goodeve is a writer and cartoodlist. She is the author of How Like A Leaf: An Interview With Donna J. Haraway (Routledge, 1999) and has published numerous interviews and essays on contemporary artists (Matthew Barney, Vito Acconci, Ellen Gallagher, The Brothers Quay, Ann Hamilton, James Barsness, Tom Friedman, Andrea Fraser, Matthew Ritchie, Yvonne Rainer, Heide Hatry, Carolee Schnemman, among others). Her work has appeared in Parkett, Artforum, Art in America as well as museum catalogues and book anthologies. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, has an M.A. in Cinema Studies from NYU, and a Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness Program in Santa Cruz, California. From 1995-1996 she was a Research Associate on The American Century Project at The Whitney Museum and from 1998-2000 the Senior Instructor of the Whitney  Independent Study Program. She has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, NYU, the Rhode Island School of Design, CUNY, and the University of California. During the summers she is Program Co-ordinator for the summer intensive studio art program of the Maryland Institute College of Art situated in DUMBO. She has been a faculty at SVA since 1999 in the undergraduate Art History and Film Departments and graduate, Computer Arts, Art Writing and Criticism, and Masters in the Arts. She lives in Brooklyn Heights, New York.

  • BA, Sarah Lawrence College
  • MA, New York University
  • PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz
Teaching experience includes:
  • School of Visual Arts, MFA Art Criticism and Writing Program
  • School of Visual Arts, Computer Art Program
  • Rhode Island School of Design, MFA Digital + Media Program
  • Maryland Institute College of Art, MICA DUMBO Summer Program
Other publications:
  • Artforum
  • Parkett
  • Art in America
  • Artbyte
  • Guggenheim Magazine
  • The Village Voice
  • Tribeca Trib
  • Camerawork
  • How Like A Leaf
  • The Monster's Progress: The Art of James Barsness
  • When Pain Strikes
  • The American Art Book
  • Ellen Gallagher at Anthony d'Offay Gallery
  • Matthew Ritchie: Proposition Player at Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
  • Eileen Neff: Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction at Locks Gallery
  • Tom Friedman: REAM at Gagosian Gallery
  • I Heard a Voice: The Art of Leslie Dill at Hunter Art Museum
  • Aziz + Cucher: Recent Work, 1998-1999 at Galerie Lutz Teutloff
  • Carolee Schneemann at Pierre Menard Gallery
  • James Barness: Icons of Comic Relief at John Michael Kohler Art Center
  • Matthew Barney: Cremaster 5 at Barbara Gladstone Gallery
  • Matthew Barney-Tony Ousler-Jeff Wall at Sammlung Goetz
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