Ceci Moss is an independent curator and freelance writer. Most recently, she was the Assistant Curator of Visual Arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco where she was responsible for curating several exhibitions (both solo and group shows) each year, special projects, public art commissions, and public programs for YBCA. Highlights include solo exhibitions by Samara Golden, Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, Nate Boyce, Shana Moulton, Metahaven, and Brenna Murphy, a large scale public art installation by Kota Ezawa in YBCA’s sculpture court, YBCA’s signature triennial Bay Area Now 7 co-curated with Betti-Sue Hertz and the group show Office Space. She also co-curated with Astria Suparak Alien She, an exhibit that examined the lasting influence of the punk feminist movement Riot Grrrl on contemporary artists, and toured to five venues nationwide.
She has a MA and PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University, and a BA in History and Sociology from U.C. Berkeley. Her academic research addresses contemporary internet-based art practice and network culture. Her PhD dissertation “Expanded Internet Art and the Informational Milieu” examines the expansion of internet art beyond the screen in the 2000’s, especially towards sculpture and installation, as a product of what theorist Tiziana Terranova called an “informational milieu.” Combining art history and media theory through the analysis of case studies that range from internet art and social media in the 2000’s to Jean-François Lyotard’s groundbreaking new media exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in 1985 Les Immatériaux, her dissertation asks how the widespread technological capture of information affects cultural production, specifically contemporary art, and the kind of critical response it necessitates.
Her writing has appeared in Rhizome, Art in America, ArtAsiaPacific, Artforum, The Wire, Performa Magazine, New Media & Society and various art catalogs. Previously, she was the Senior Editor of the art and technology non-profit arts organization Rhizome. She has held teaching positions at the San Francisco Art Institute and New York University. From 2000-2014, she programmed a radio show dedicated to experimental music, Radio Heart, on the independent radio stations KALX, East Village Radio and Radio Valencia.