Phong H. Bui (BFA ’85 Illustration) is an artist, writer, independent curator, publisher and artistic director of the Brooklyn Rail, the River Rail, Rail Editions and Rail Curatorial Projects. He is a trustee of Studio in a School, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Anthology Film Archives, the Third Rail, the Miami Rail, Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Second Shift Studio Space of Saint Paul, International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA 2007–2020), among others, and was curatorial advisor at MoMA PS1 (2007–2010). He is also a member of the Art Advisory Council of Fountain House Gallery, cofounder and co-chairman of the Monira Foundation, a nonprofit which aims to curate ongoing exhibitions and public programming at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City and beyond.
His recent projects include Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale that Society Has the Capacity to Destroy, an ongoing Rail Curatorial Project that was exhibited in 2019 as an official Collateral Event of the Venice Biennale and at Colby Museum in Waterville, Maine. Forthcoming projects include the Detroit Rail; the L.A. Rail; the first U.S. retrospective of Jonas Mekas; and Occupy Industry City: Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale that Society Has the Capacity to Destroy, Year 3; among others.