faculty profile

Glen Helfand
Visiting Faculty
History and Theory of Contemporary Art

Glen Helfand is a writer and educator concentrating on contemporary art and culture. His writing appears in Artforum and numerous other publications. He coordinates SFAI’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series, which covers a wide range of artistic and critical practices. He is particularly interested in the artist interview as format, art as it relates to commerce, and site-based works. He has curated exhibitions for the de Young Museum, San Jose Museum, Mills College Art Museum, and Dust Gallery in Las Vegas. He is credited as coining the term “Mission School.”

Selected Exhibitions: 
  • Super Pop-Up Shop, co-curator with Rebeca Bollinger, Alameda Towne Center, Alameda, California, 2009
  • Linda Fleming: Refugium, curator, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 2007
  • Particulate Matter, curator, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, California, 2006
Selected Publications: 
  • Andrew Schoultz: Crisis. Jerome Zodo Contemporary, Milan, Italy, 2010
  • SFMOMA: Seventy-Five Years of Looking Forward. Essay on the Mission School. SFMOMA, 2009
  • Josiah McElheny: A Prism. Essay. Skira Rizzoli, 2010
Education: 
  • BA, San Francisco State University