Saisha Grayson is a curator, writer, art historian and teacher focused on the intersections of contemporary art, feminist politics, and cultural activism. She is a Ph.D candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she studies contemporary art, performance, feminist theory, and exhibition history. She is currently finishing her dissertation, Cellist, Catalyst, Collaborator: The Work of Charlotte Moorman, as a Predoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C.
From 2011 until February 2016, she was Assistant Curator at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she provided key support on each of the Center’s special exhibitions, including the award-winning Materializing ‘Six Years:’ Lucy Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art and Chicago in LA: Judy Chicago's Early Work, 1963-1974. She served as organizing curator of the Museum’s presentation of Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey (2013), curated the site-specific exhibition, Chitra Ganesh: Eyes of Time (2014) and co-curated the large, experimental group exhibition Agitprop! (2105-16). Prior to her tenure at the Museum, Grayson freelance curated around New York, and worked as a communications consultant for a variety of museums and arts institutions.
Recently published writing include essays on Andrea Geyer for her catalogue Travels on a Slender Thread, on Tracey Moffatt in Moving Image Review and Art Journal (MIRAJ) and on Chitra Ganesh in n.paradoxa. Grayson provided editorial assistance on the catalogue Nayland Blake: Behavior (2008), the monograph Ghada Amer (2010); and coauthored the catalogue essay “Pinaree Sanpitak: Quietly Floating” (2010) with Maura Reilly. Despite her contemporary focus, her art historical interests stretch across the centuries, as demonstrated by her first peer reviewed article, “Disruptive Disguises: The Problem of Transvestite Saints for Medieval Art, Identity, and Identification” (2009).
She is a contributor to Art History Teaching Resources, a knowledge sharing platform she helped initiate while at CUNY. She taught in the art history department at Queens College, and has guest lectured at Sarah Lawrence College and The New School. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including an Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellowship at the Graduate Center, a research residency at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL and most recently, the Vartan Gregorian Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate Center.
She received her MA in Contemporary Art & Curatorial Studies from Columbia University and BA from Sarah Lawrence College.