The Matthew Higgs Society

The Matthew Higgs Society (MHS), founded in 2006, is a non-membership-based honorary society dedicated to fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of the varied accomplishments of the British-born artist, curator, and writer Matthew Higgs. It is the only society of its kind in the United States.

The MHS maintains a living archive on Higgs' life & career. Until recently, this material was publicly accesssible via the MHS's reading room at Triple Candie. The MHS archive includes writings by and about Higgs, reproductions of his artwork, documentation and ephemera related to exhibitions he has curated, copies of W.C. (White Columns' 'zine), a facsimile of IMPRINT 93, press clippings, photographs of him at parties and special events, and ephemera not relating to Higgs but reminding people of him.

The MHS has taken many different forms over the years. Most recently, a fragment of the MHS's reading room facade was included in an exhibition at the Elizabeth Foundation Project Space in New York.

Donations of materials related to Matthew Higgs to the MHS archive are encouraged. Please send to: Matthew Higgs Society, 2248 St. Albans Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146.

About Matthew Higgs
Matthew Higgs is a popular and widely respected arts professional who, since 2004, has been the Director and Chief Curator of White Columns. From 2001 - 2004, he was curator of the Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art in San Francisco, and prior to that he was a curator at the ICA in London. In 2009, Higgs curated an exhibition of Lucas Samaras' work for the Greek Pavillion at the 53rd Venice Biennale. In 2006, he was a jury member for the Turner Prize. He writes frequently for Artforum, Frieze, and other publications.




The MH Societiy's Reading Room at 500 W148th Street, Harlem >
The MH Societiy's Reading Room at 461 W126th Street, Harlem (2006-2008) >