Michael Ned Holte is a writer and independent curator based in Los Angeles.
He has organized numerous exhibitions including “TL;DR” at Artspace in Auckland, New Zealand; “And Per Se And” at Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles; and “Support Group” at Cottage Home, Los Angeles. With Connie Butler, he curated the 2014 edition of the “Made in L.A.” biennial at the Hammer Museum. In 2016, he organized the exhibition “Routine Pleasures” at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, Los Angeles, and edited a companion book of the same title published by Verlag für moderne Kunst.
Holte is the recipient of a 2016 Creative Capital Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for a forthcoming book on art and microinstitutions in Los Angeles. A frequent contributor to Artforum International, his texts on art and culture have also appeared in print and online periodicals such as Afterall, Art Journal, The Brooklyn Rail, East of Borneo, Frieze, Pin-Up, and X-Tra. He has written monographic essays on artists including Kathryn Andrews, Hani Armanious, Charles Gaines, Richard Hawkins, Alice Könitz, Shio Kusaka, Caitlin Lonegan, Roy McMakin, Ricky Swallow, Clarissa Tossin, Shirley Tse, and Jonas Wood.
Holte is on the board of directors of the Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS), the artists’ advisory board for the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (ICA LA), and the editorial committee of the art history journal Apricota. He is a member of the Varese Group.
Holte joined the Program in Art as visiting faculty in 2009 and regular faculty in 2011. Previously he taught at the University of Southern California and has been visiting faculty at the Core Program at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and at the escuela incierta (uncertain school) in Cali, Colombia.
His CalArts courses have included “The Contemporary Exhibition,” “Performing Life,” “Modes and Forms of Criticism,” “Pieces,” “Resistance to Work,” “Routine Pleasures,” “What’s Up with the L-Shape?,” and “Modern Art History in Review.”