Thyrza Nichols Goodeve is an art writer, artist, and interviewer active in the field of contemporary art and culture. Since 1999, she has been on the faculty at the School of Visual Arts, teaching in the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Program, MFA in Art Practice, MFA Computer Arts and undergraduate art history and film. From 1995 to 1997, she worked as a research associate at the Whitney Museum of Art on the American Century Exhibition. From 1998 to 1999, she was Senior Instructor at the Whitney Independent Studio Program. She has taught in the MFA Digital + Media at the Rhode Island School of Design under Bill Seaman, and is the program coordinator for the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Summer Intensive: "MICA in NYC (DUMBO)".
Goodeve has published numerous essays in Artforum, Parkett, Art in America, Artbyte, The Guggenheim Magazine, The Village Voice, and Camerawork. She has worked closely with artists Matthew Barney, Ellen Gallagher, Yvonne Rainer, Michael Joaquin Grey, Matthew Ritchie, Joseph Nechvatal, Heide Hatry, Eve Andrée Laramée, the Quay Brothers as well as written on Jeff Koons, Raymond Pettibon, Tony Oursler, Lesley Dill. She has written on subjects as diverse as vaudeville, the art of doodling, and the metaphysics of flowers and animals and been a visiting artist at both the Banff Center and Mildred’s Lane run by J. Morgan Puitt and Mark Dion. Her writing falls within creative non-fiction. She also draws (cartoodles).
Goodeve was born in Middlebury, Connecticut where she lived until her family moved to Windham, Vermont. Her brother is actor Grant Goodeve. She attended the Westover School, Middlebury, Connecticut and Northfield Mount Hermon in Massachusetts. In 1975, through NMH, she attended The American School of Tangier where she met Paul Bowles and Mohammed Mrabet, key influences on her career as a writer. She received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College (creative writing, film, philosophy), an MA from New York University (Cinema Studies), and a PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz under Donna Haraway and James Clifford. She appeared as the graduate student in Yvonne Rainer's 1985 film The Man Who Envied Women and has been featured in artists’ works by Joseph Nechvatal, Bradley Rubenstein, and Ellen Harvey. She lives in Brooklyn Heights.
- How Like a Leaf: A Conversation with Donna Haraway, New York: Routledge. 1999.
- Ellen Gallagher. London: Anthony d’Offay, 1999
- Cremaster 5, Matthew Barney Cremaster 5, New York: Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York: Frankfurt am Main, 1997.
- Louise Bourgeois, Collaboration with Paolo Herkonhoff, New York: Phaidon Press. 2003