João Ribas is a curator and writer. He was previously Curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at The Drawing Center, New York.


His recent exhibitions include In the Holocene (MIT List Visual Arts Center) an exhibition on art and speculation spanning from the 19th to the 21st centuries, and exhibitions of the work of Chris Marker, Amalia Pica, Joachim Koester, Akram Zaatari, Cheyney Thompson, The Otolith Group, Stan VanDerBeek, Manon de Boer, Otto Piene, Frances Stark, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ree Morton, and Matt Mullican, among others. His writing has appeared in Artforum, Mousse, Art in America, ArtReview, Modern Painters, and other publications, and he has been a contributor to numerous publications, including Contemporary Art: From 1989 to the Present  (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) and Realism Materialism Art  (CCS Bard, forthcoming).  His recent publications include Cheyney Thompson (Walter Koenig);  Amalia Pica (MCA Chicago); Otto Piene: Lichtballett (MIT List, 2012) and an edited volume of the writings of Frances Stark (MIT List, 2010). 

He is the winner of four consecutive AICA Exhibition Awards (2008–11) and of an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award (2010). A visiting lecturer for institutions and organizations worldwide, and has taught Yale University, the School of Visual Arts, New York, and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).