Hello, I’m Danny Orendorff.

I’m a curator, writer, teacher, and activist whose work explores the intersections of DIY and/or craft-oriented cultural production, histories of grassroots social-justice activism, and theories of gender and sexuality.

Currently, I work as Curator of Public Programs for the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, where I plan a range of discursive, cinema, workshop/demonstration, and performance programs in support of Museum exhibitions. At MAD, I also curate the 6th Floor Education Center’s Project Space (including exhibitions of work by Josh Blackwell, Melanie Bernier, and Jes Fan), as well as special projects and exhibitions occurring either in the Museum’s main galleries or 7th Floor Event Space. Current or recent projects include the exhibition Studio Views: Craft in the Expanded Field (co-curated with Carli Beseau), the At Play: Performing Artist-in-Residence Series on Studio PSK’s Polyphonic Playground (part of MAD’s major exhibition Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound, curated by Shannon R. Stratton), and the durational performance event Kinetic Intimacies (co-curated with Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy).

Recent independent curatorial endeavors include two consecutive group exhibitions at Antenna.Works in New Orleans (opening in September and October, 2017) that will include a total of 16 artists selected from the gallery’s 2017 Louisiana Open Call, which I was invited to jury. In early 2017, I also completed work on a celebrated group exhibition and publication examining the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis through the lens of youth, race, and pop culture titled One day this kid will get larger, held at the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago.

Formerly, I served as Lecturer within the Fiber & Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Program Director and Manager of The Propeller Fund for the Chicago non-profit gallery Threewalls; and 2013-2015 Curator-in-Residence for The Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO, where I also assumed duties as Interim Director of Artistic Programs from mid-2014 to early-2015.

Past exhibitions I’ve curated have been presented by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (Asheville, NC), SFCamerawork Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College (Chicago, IL), HF Johnson Gallery of Art at Carthage College (Kenosha, WI), and MU Gallery (Eindhoven, The Netherlands).

In 2017, I published an interview with artist Ramekon O’Arwisters in the anthology Queer Threads (edited by John Chaich and Todd Oldham, published by AMMO Books), the introduction to artist Jesse Harrod‘s experimental monograph Low Ropes Course (published by Publication Studio), and a forthcoming feature article on Harrod’s recent work in Surface Design Journal.

Frequently collaborating with contemporary art venues around the country, I have also published catalogue/brochure essays for exhibitions of work by Simone Leigh and Kate Gilmore at the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute; Sabina Ott at the Chicago Cultural Center; Phyllis Bramson at the Rockford Art Museum; and Tanya Hartman at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. My writing has also appeared on Art in America Online, Art21, Art Practical, Bad at Sports, and in Camerawork: Journal of Photographic Arts.

Contact: dan(dot)orendorff(at)gmail(dot)com