Matthew Higgs (b.1964. Wakefield, England) is a curator, critic and artist currently living and working in New York. Since the early 1990s he has sought to develop a practice that considers the intersections and overlaps between these disciplines. A primary facet of this approach has been the development of an ongoing, inter-generational dialogue amongst artists – through his exhibitions, projects and publications.

Over the past fifteen years he has organized more than one hundred and fifty exhibitions and projects in Europe and North America. His writings have appeared in more than fifty books, catalogs and periodicals, including Artforum, and Frieze. In the past two years he has contributed to publications for artists such as Elizabeth Peyton, John McCracken, Christian Marclay, Oliver Payne & Nick Relph, Ken Price, Marilyn Minter, and Kay Rosen, amongst others.

Higgs is currently the Director and Chief Curator of White Columns, New York’s oldest non-profit art space. Since his arrival at White Columns in the fall of 2004 he has organized more than seventy-five individual exhibitions and projects, showing the work of more than 400 international artists of all generations. He has taught extensively over the past ten years and was a lecturer at Goldsmiths College, London and the Royal College of Art, London.

Portland State University’s Art Department offers free public lectures every Monday night of the school year. This is the seventh lecture of the fourth year of the PMMNLS. The PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series is supported in part by PICA, Reed College, Lewis and Clark College, and The NW Film Center.