Ph.D., Humanities, Syracuse University; M.A., English Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Specializing in identifying significant artists in their early careers, Michael Danoff has an extensive career of expanding contemporary art collections for art museums, corporations, and individuals. He served as the director at four art museums, including the renowned Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. Danoff has organized and co-organized many exhibitions, including the first one-person museum shows in the United States of artists such as Georg Baselitz, Daniel Buren, Franz Gertsch, Peter Halley, Jeff Koons, Robert Longo, and Gerhard Richter. As director and Senior Vice President of the Art Program at Neuberger Berman, Danoff built an internationally renowned contemporary collection. For Lehman Brothers, he researched and acquired contemporary art globally in locations including Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Paris, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo.
Danoff has published and taught extensively. In recent years, he has lectured at the New York University, Art Dubai, Art Basel Miami, and Columbia University. He was the primary author of a 2019 publication about the Martin Z. Margulies collection.