Bureau for Open Culture founded by James Voorhies is a curatorial practice, philosophy and strategy that inhabits and connects with institutions and publishers. It makes projects with artists and writers, envisioning intersections among art, design, education, and consumer culture to rethink how institutions build and connect with audiences.
James Voorhies is Dean of Fine Arts and Associate Professor at California College of the Arts in San Francisco where he oversees the undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts division. Prior to CCA, He was the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University where he conceived and directed a contemporary arts program dedicated to the synthesis of art, design, and education through exhibition of existing works and production of new commissions. His writing has appeared in publications by Texte zur Kunst, Frieze, Harvard Design Magazine, Sternberg Press, and Printed Matter, as well as many artist monographs and exhibition catalogues. Voorhies is the founder of Bureau for Open Culture, a curatorial practice and philosophy that inhabits and connects with institutions and publishers to make projects with artists and writers, re-envisioning intersections among art, design, education and consumer culture. He holds a Ph.D. in modern and contemporary art history from The Ohio State University. He has taught contemporary art and curatorial practice in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard and art history and critical theory at Bennington College in Vermont. His book Beyond Objecthood: The Exhibition as a Critical Form since 1968 is forthcoming from MIT Press in February 2017.