Melissa Rachleff Burtt

Clinical Associate Professor of Arts Administration

Melissa Rachleff Burtt

Phone: 212-998-5700

Melissa Rachleff Burtt has written on the subject of photography, art, and art management for a variety of publications. Her essay, "Do It Yourself:A History of Alternatives" was published in Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces, 1960-2010, by MIT Press in 2012. In 2013/2015 Rachleff Burtt was a fellow at the New York University Humanities Initiative for her project on artist run galleries of the 1950s and early 1960s. That project was completed as a book (Prestel) and exhibition in collaboration with NYU/Grey Art Gallery in January 2017 titled, Inventing Downtown: Artist Run Galleries in New York City, 1950-1965.

Rachleff Burtt also curated Narrative and Counternarrative: (Re) Defining the 1960s, an exhibit that explores of student life, arts and culture on and around Washington Square culled from the university's archives, which will open in January 2018.

Previous to her appointment at NYU: Steinhardt, Rachleff Burtt spent 8 years as a program officer at the New York State Council on the Arts from 1999-2007. Rachleff Burtt was also an associate curator at the alternative space Exit Art and head of adult and community programs at the Brooklyn Museum.