Rachel Valinsky is a writer, editor, and curator based in New York. Her writing has appeared in Art in America, Art-Agenda, Artforum, Frieze, BOMB Magazine, Millennium Film Journal, and elsewhere. Translations have been published by Semiotext(e) and Éditions Lutanie, where she is a contributing editor. She was an art writer in residence at the Banff Centre in 2015 and an art critic in residence at CUE Art Foundation and Art21 Magazine in 2016. Rachel has curated exhibitions, performances, and public programs at The Kitchen, The Queens Museum, BAM, Judson Memorial Church, Emily Harvey Foundation, and Knockdown Center. She was 2018-2019 Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Queens Museum, 2017-2018 Curatorial Fellow at The Kitchen, 2017-2019 Friday Night Series Co-Curator at the Poetry Project with Mirene Arsanios, and 2016 Curator for the Segue Reading Series. She is also co-founder and Artistic Director of Wendy's Subway, a library, writing space, and independent publisher in Brooklyn, New York. Rachel holds a BA in Art History and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and is a doctoral student in Art History at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, where her research centers on 1970s and ’80s performance in New York. She teaches Art History at Hunter College.

Contact: rachelvalinsky [at] gmail [dot] com

CV upon request 



Select Exhibition Reviews

Book Reviews 



Guy de Cointet: Prop for Going to the Market
MoMA Museum Research Consortium Dossier 4: Performance and Performance-Based Work (forthcoming)

Eva Barto’s Gamble
French translation by Émilie Notéris

TextWork, Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris, November 2017
Guy de Cointet: Encoder
French translation by Manon Lutanie Guydecointet.org (Air de Paris and Guy de Cointet Society), January 2017

The Visible Hand
Catalog essay for The Visible Hand, a group exhibition curated by David Borgonjon
New York: CUE Art Foundation, 2017 Art21.org, January 20, 2017
Twenty-Five in Text Means Tissue, ed. Francesca Capone (Portland, OR: n.p., 2017)
Apport, Support, Décor: On the Reading Séance Text for Séance de lecture, a performance by Dominique Hurth at the Bibliothèque Smith-Lesouëf, La Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz, Nogent-sur-Marne, France (Berlin: n.p., 2016) 
Bad Workers: Notes on the Socius and the Book Co-authored with K. Antranik Cassem and Matt Longabucco in Publishing as Artistic Practice, ed. Annette Gilbert (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2016)
Steven Leiber’s Sales Catalogues in “On Writing: Critical Art Ensemble” C Magazine 138 (Winter 2915): 9.
For Example (We Have Decided to Become Our Own Posterity): on Arakawa and Gins C Magazine 127 (Fall 2015): 36-39.
Itself Not So
AVANT.org, January 2015
Et in Utah Erant: The Reel Works of J.G. Ballard, Tacita Dean, and Robert Smithson
East of Borneo, March 2014


Teo Hernandez’s Diaristic Cinema
Frieze, April 16, 2019

Looking Back: BOMB Contributors on Music in 2018 BOMB, December 20, 2018

57th Carnegie International Art Agenda, November 13, 2018

And Then There is Using Everything: Boris Charmatz’s 10000 Gestures BOMB, November 9, 2018

Jacolby Satterwhite’s Blessed Avenue

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York Millennium Film Journal 68 (Fall 2018)

Daimaah Mubashshir’s The Immeasurable Want of Light

BOMB Issue 145 (September 2018)

Ellipical Communication: Alexandra Pirici’s Co-Natural

BOMB, April 13, 2018

Bernadette Mayer, Memory, CANADA Gallery, New York

Art in America (November 2017): 109-110.

Agnès Varda, Blum & Poe, New York Millennium Film Journal 66 (Summer 2017)

From Reader to Writer: On a New Book by Moyra Davey Art in America, May 5, 2017

Eve Fowler, with it which it as it if it is to be , Participant Inc., New York

Millennium Film Journal 65 (Spring 2017)

Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Teeth Gums Machines Future Society, at kamel mennour, Paris

Art21.org, “Momentum” Issue (January-February 2017)

TELE-Gen: Art and Television at the Kunstmuseum Bonn Millennium Film Journal 64 (Fall 2016)

Rachel Rose’s Everything and More at the Whitney Museum of American Art Millennium Film Journal 63 (Spring 2016)

Séance Fiction at the Walter Phillips Gallery Millennium Film Journal 62 (Fall 2015): 20-23.

Cut to Swipe at the Museum of Modern Art Millennium Film Journal 61 (Spring 2015): 18-21.
Isaac Julien’s Ten Thousand Waves at the Museum of Modern Art Millennium Film Journal 59 (Spring 2014): 26-29, 56-57.


Alina Tenser BOMB Magazine, August 26, 2015
Interviewed by Manon Lutanie Éditions Lutanie, June 5, 2015
Natalie Czech BOMB Magazine, October 22, 2014