Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Art & Art History
Academic Program Adviser
William Olander, Senior Curator of The New Museum of Contemporary Art, was born July 14, 1950, and died of AIDS March 18, 1989. From his first curatorial project, a presentation of performance art in April 1980, and until his death, Olander's curatorial practice was based on theoretically formulated ideas that promoted active participation in culture with traditional and non-traditional mediums. He has been described as a "model museum curator" with some "very novel ideas."
This thesis traces Olander's early background and formal education in order to show the development of his approach to contemporary art within the institutional context of the museum and to delineate Olander's role as an activist curator and his understanding of postmodern culture and art.
Kurtz, Gayle Rodda, "William Olander The Practice of an Activist Curator" (1991). CUNY Academic Works.