Marlena Donohue is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, as well as an international curator, art critic and essayist. In 2014, she was appointed US-based Board Member of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing, and is assisting Michael Suh, Director of the Beijing Museum of Contemporary Art, in the development of the Beijing Museum of Contemporary Art Research Institute.


As a full-time Professor within the Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Otis College, Ms. Donohue focuses on curricular linkages between philosophy, critical theory, culture and fine art. Over a twenty-year college teaching career, she has lectured at Pepperdine University, Mount St. Mary's College, the Cal State Universities, UCLA, as well as other respected colleges. 

Ms. Donohue has written on fine art, culture and critical theory for over two decades in international/national publications, including academic journals, art magazines, and news press. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Art in America, Art News, Sculpture, USA Today, the Monitor, The London Arts Newspaper, ArtLTD, ArtLTD online, Visual Art Source, ArtScene, Art Today, and many others.

Ms. Donohue is the author of innumerable exhibition catalogs, art reviews, reader essays, as well as the bi-lingual essays, as well as the bi-lingual children's poetry volume, Cuando Palabras Suenan: When Words Dream, undertaken with the Mexican Consul, Los Angeles.


For the New York-based magazine, Introspective, Ms. Donohue publishes regular interview pieces featuring the directors and chief curators of major international museums, discussing with them key historical/contemporary figures/topics, including Caravaggio, Vermeer, Rubens, Baroque Bronzes, Degas, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, Avant Garde Ballet, George Bellows, Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Blinky Palermo, Dennis Hopper, David Hockney, etc. 


Her past and current editorial duties have included serving as Contributing West Coast Editor to Sculpture magazine and the Christian Science Monitor, as well as Co-Managing Editor for ArtScene and Visual Art Source


Ms. Donohue’s most recent curatorial projects in Los Angeles include Framing Abstraction at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, and Some City Angels at Edward Cella Art + Architecture. Recent international exhibitions include Critical Connections, and Forms of the Formless, installed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2014, and No Air—No Art, a site specific, multi-venue installation project due to open May, 2015 with follow on venues in Switzerland and Germany.