The NLE Curatorial Lab (NLE Lab), a socially conscious platform for experimentation in curating, is a 15-week professional development program for emerging curators/arts professionals interested in gaining hands-on experience curating in an expanded field. NLE Lab extends No Longer Empty's mission to curate community-responsive, site-specific exhibitions and programs in unique, underutilized spaces. 

2017 Dates: Fall dates TBD
Location: TBD

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 on the expanded field of curating and site-specificity; historical research on the designated site, neighborhood and borough; and incorporates community engagement and education as a fundamental component in the formation of curatorial themes. NLE Lab facilitates professional development through studio visits, presentations by guest speakers, visits to exhibitions and cultural organizations, and introductions to community partner organizations. The Fall 2017 session will be led by Rachel Gugelberger, Curator of No Longer Empty & Director of NLE Lab, and will culminate in the production of a collaboratively curated site-responsive exhibition.

Founded in 2013, NLE Lab has presented exhibitions and programming at the legendary 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 Vice President of Programs and Education, Brooklyn Children’s Museum; Sara Reisman, Executive Director and Artistic Director of 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 

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