No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab (NLE Lab)

The NLE Curatorial Lab (NLE Lab) is a socially conscious platform for experimentation in curating, and a professional development intensive for emerging curators interested in direct experience curating a site-responsive and community-centered exhibition and programs.

The 2020 NLE Lab will take place on the Lower East Side. More details soon!

To learn more about the NLE Lab or to inquire about collaborating or partnering with the 2020 NLE Lab on the Lower East Side, please email

Image: Damali Abrams The Glitter Priestess, All We Do Is Win, 2017. Photo: Ian Douglas.


Expanding on No Longer Empty’s mission to curate site-responsive and community-centered exhibitions and programs in unique spaces, the No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab (NLE Lab) is a socially conscious professional development program for emerging curators and cultural workers interested in direct experience curating in an expanded field. With a focus on research, project-based learning and collaboration, NLE Lab is centered on responding to a specific site and neighborhood in New York City. The program includes a curriculum of critical readings, guest speakers, site/historical research, and studio/exhibition visits, culminating in a collectively curated exhibition with related programming. NLE Lab incorporates community engagement as a fundamental component in the formation of curatorial themes and programming.

Founded in 2013, NLE Lab has presented exhibitions and programming at Kings County Hospital Center, York College Fine Arts Gallery, Queens Library and Jamaica Colosseum Mall in Jamaica, Queens; in a former emergency waiting room in East Flatbush; a former ballroom in the South Bronx; a beauty salon in Chinatown; and an abandoned storefront in Greenwich Village. Past instructors include Rachel Gugelberger, NLE Curator & Director NLE Lab; Petrushka Bazin Larsen, Independent Curator and Executive Director, The Reading Room; Sara Reisman, Executive & Artistic Director, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and Manon Slome, Co-Founder and Chief Curator of No Longer Empty.

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