Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

NLE Lab: Southeast Queens Biennial

February 9 - April 21, 2018

No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab

The NLE Curatorial Lab (NLE Lab), a socially conscious platform for experimentation in curating, is a professional development program for emerging curators and arts professionals interested in direct experience curating in an expanded field. NLE Lab extends No Longer Empty's mission to curate site-responsive and community-centered exhibitions and programs in unique spaces. With a focus on research, project-based learning and collaboration, NLE Lab is designed to deepen an understanding of the development of exhibitions and related programming within a specific context in a distinctly urban setting. The program includes a curriculum of critical readings, guest speakers, site/historical research, studio/exhibition visits, and incorporates community engagement as a fundamental component in the formation of curatorial themes.

The Fall 2017 session will be led by Rachel Gugelberger, Curator at No Longer Empty and Director of NLE Lab, and will take place in Jamaica, Queens, culminating in a collectively curated exhibition at York College Fine Arts Gallery. NLE Lab is partnering with York College, CUNY, on the inaugural Southeast Queens Biennial. The conceptual framework of the biennial is Southeast Queens itself, its diverse voices and artistic and cultural ties to the local and global community. Artworks presented will be by artists who live or practice in southeast Queens as well as those who have strong connections to the area. Scheduled to open in February 2018, the exhibition will include works in all media, commissioned pieces and related programming in collaboration with community organizations. 

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Save the Date: The Southeast Queens Biennial will open February 9, 2018, at York College Fine Arts Gallery in Jamaica, Queens featuring artists who live or practice in southeast Queens as well as those who have strong connections to the area and will include works in all media, commissioned projects, and related programming in collaboration with community organizations.

About the Fine Arts Gallery at York College
Located in Jamaica, Queens, the York College Fine Arts Gallery is part of the Department of Performing and Fine Arts at York College, City University of New York (CUNY). Opened in 1989, the gallery presents 3-4 professional exhibitions a year, ranging from solo and thematic group exhibitions and student shows at the end of each semester. With an enrollment of more than 8,000 students, York serves as one of CUNY's leading liberal arts colleges, granting bachelor's degrees in over 40 fields and a growing number of professional programs granting Master’s degrees. The York College public art collection includes works by luminaries including Elizabeth Catlett, Frank Stella and Martin Puryear. www.york.cuny.edu

The 2017 NLE Curatorial Lab is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel of North America.

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

Past NLE Lab sessions:

Fall 2016: Jamaica, Queens | Remix Rememory

Fall 2015: South Bronx | Intersecting Imaginaries

Fall 2014: Harlem l The Way Out is Through

Fall 2013: Chinatown | Through the Parlor 

Spring 2013: Greenwich Village | Gathering Place

For more information or questions, please contact lab@nolongeremtpy.org