Mike Maizels is an art historian and curator whose work brings the visual arts into productive collision with a broad range of disciplinary histories and potential futures. As an historian, he has undertaken several book projects including Barry Le Va: The Aesthetic Aftermath (University of Minnesota, 2015), In and Out Phase: An Episodic History of Art and Music in the 1960s (Forthcoming, University of Michigan), and Collecting the Now: Studies in the Postwar Art Market (In Progress).
Maizels curatorial ventures have included the first museum retrospective given to a videogame maker (The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer) and lead to the discovery of hidden CIA training camps in the Arkansas National Forest (Until it Reached Into Our Lives…). He is now at work on two major projects, a multimedia opera produced in collaboration with two members of 808 Mafia, and a cryptocurrency mining installation that will be presented in both the US and China next year.
In addition to his work at metaLAB, Maizels is concurrently pursuing an MBA at the MIT Sloan Fellows Program (2019-2020)