No Longer Empty is pleased to announce the ten members of the 2019 NLE Curatorial Lab (NLE Lab)


Amalie Frederiksen, Maleke Glee, Lillian Hanan Al-Bilali, Sofia Jamal, Katrina D. Jeffries, Fang Yu Lee, Shimrit Lee, Julie Yunhee Moon, Ogemdi Ude, and Margot Yale. 

They are curators, artists, organizers, ethnographers, writers, educators, and dancers with rich, cross-disciplinary backgrounds in the Arts and Critical Studies, Social Work and Public Policy, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, English, and American Studies. The 2019 NLE Lab is partnering with NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, to support curators, community artists and members in creating experiences that explore the critical role that art plays in the wellness of a community.

The 2019 NLE Lab is facilitated by Rachel Gugelberger, NLE Curator & Director of NLE Lab. The program begins March 6 and runs through June with a culminating exhibition and programs in a former emergency waiting room at NYC Health + Hospitals/ Kings County. “At Kings County, we are interested in how our collaborations with cultural organizations, such as No Longer Empty, assist us in better serving our community,” said Carlos Rodriguez-Perez, director of the Wellness and Recovery Division, adding, I look forward to our fourth collaboration with NLE. This particular project takes us to another level in our relationship.” The 2019 NLE Lab is part of a multi-year relationship with NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, a partnership that seeks to emphasize the role of creativity within the provision of health services through ongoing programs, youth education, and exhibitions on and in the vicinity of Kings County Hospital’s 40-acre campus. “No Longer Empty is excited to expand our relationship with Kings County Hospital and to work with these ten amazing cultural producers and thinkers, many of whom have strong ties to Flatbush, Brooklyn. I am excited to learn with and from them,” said Rachel Gugelberger, director of NLE Lab.

Meet the 2019 NLE Curatorial Lab members:

Above picture top left to right: Amalie Frederiksen, Maleke Glee, Lillian Hanan Al-Bilali, Sofia Jamal, Katrina D. Jeffries. Bottom left to right: Fang Yu Lee, Shimrit Lee, Julie Yunhee Moon, Ogemdi Ude, and Margot Yale.

Amalie Frederiksen is a Danish curator specializing in socially engaged art and community involvement. In 2019, she founded Another Public, an agency that produces art projects in public and semi-public settings that encourage action. Amalie is driven by an urge to challenge conventional art structures and disciplines to bring art closer to everyday life. Since 2014, she has been a curator in Råderum – mobile office of contemporary art, where she curated several projects, including #VÆRKDINVERDEN (2017-2018) and CROSS_CUTS (2016). Amalie holds a joint MA in Art History and Modern Culture from University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. 

Maleke Glee is a Brooklyn-based ethnographer, curator, and theatre artist from Prince George’s County, Maryland. His training blends theatre, arts administration, and performance to support and document communities often found in the margins of history. In 2016, Maleke founded Chocolate Redux, a 501c3 that sustains the cultural impact of the African-American community of the Washington D.C. region through community service, cultural preservation, and entrepreneurial education. He recently served as executive director of Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, where he curated Find My Glory and 40 Acres Deferred. Maleke holds a BFA in Theatre Arts Administration from Howard University, Washington, DC, and is a 2019 Cultural Sustainability MA candidate at Goucher College, Baltimore, MD. 

Inspired to deepen her understanding of how diverse communities can become more interconnected through the arts, Lillian Hanan Al-Bilali has collaborated with organizations and arts initiatives to support underrepresented communities. She is currently an administrator at Children’s Arts and Science Workshops Inc., a non-profit agency in New York City where she mentors young people from Upper Manhattan and the Bronx by preparing them for college and the workforce. Lillian received her MSW in Social Work from the University of Michigan. With a concentration in Social Policy and Evaluations, her focus is on strengthening services offered through the non-profit sector at the state and local levels.

Originally from Houston, Sofia Jamal brings five years of experience working across curating, public programming, and arts education. Passionate about centering artists and practitioners of color through representation, community organizing, and a redistribution of resources, her research and curatorial practice focus on expanding the role of aesthetics to deepen engagement with social and political issues, emphasizing greater access to artistic platforms for individuals and communities. Sofia has held positions at the Brooklyn Museum, Creative Time, and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, and has done extensive work with the Ismaili Muslim community. She holds an MA in Art & Public Policy from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a BA in Government and History from Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA. 

Katrina D. Jeffries is a Brooklyn-based artist, curator, and art consultant with extensive experience working in commercial and nonprofit arts organizations in New York. Her multi-disciplinary practice and interests in music, the visual, performing and craft arts have led her to study art forms all over the country. Katrina holds an MS in Nonprofit Leadership from Fordham University, NY, a Certificate in Art Collections Management from New York University, and a BFA from The Ohio State University. She was a scholarship student at Columbus College of Art and Design and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. 

Fang Yu Lee is a Taiwanese-born curator with an MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. Her curatorial practice focuses on raising critical awareness of voices that have been marginalized or excluded from contemporary art discourses. Fang Yu studied in Germany and the U.S., incorporating themes of diversity, equity, and inclusion in her work. Recent exhibitions include Rootless Orchids at the Asian Art and Culture Center at Towson University, MD, which featured work by Taiwanese and Taiwanese-American artists exploring the Taiwanese diaspora and challenges of shifting identities in both the U.S. and East Asia. 

Shimrit Lee is a Brooklyn-based writer, educator, and curator working at the intersection of visual culture, performance, and critical security studies. She was recently a curator-in-residence at Residency Unlimited, and an editorial assistant at Creative Time, where she contributed to the forthcoming book Making Another World Possible (Routledge, 2019). Shimrit has also contributed writings to Warscapes, Jacobin, Jadaliyya, and +972 Magazine. She has an MA in international human rights law from the University of London, where she wrote a thesis on oral history as a tool of feminist legal practice. She is currently completing a PhD in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University and is co-curating an exhibition based on her dissertation research at Philadelphia’s Twelve Gates Arts, which will open in September. 

Based in Flatbush, Brooklyn, Julie Yunhee Moon is an artist working in video, sculpture, and installation. She has a BFA in Fine Art from Parsons School for Design, NY, and an MFA from Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. While living in the U.K., she was a member of Transmission, an artist-run space dedicated to supporting emerging artists in Glasgow and its surrounding communities. Julie has exhibited work in New York City at Gallery MC, Industry City, and the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons. She is an educator at the Museum of the Moving Image, and her varied experiences in the arts have led to an interest in expanding her art practice to curating. 

Ogemdi Ude is a Nigerian-American dance artist, curator, facilitator, and doula based in Harlem. Her interdisciplinary work intertwines movement, sound, and visual art to explore themes of Afrofuturism, memory, and healing. Ogemdi’s practice investigates how lived and inherited trauma is archived in the body, and how we may mine performance for futurity by engaging the tools of our history. Recent works include Hiatus, commissioned by Elizabeth Streb’s Emerging Artist Commissioning Program and pace, commissioned by Princeton University. Ogemdi has served as community coordinator for the Public Works initiative at the Public Theater in New York. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in English, Dance, and Theater from Princeton University. 

A curator and art historian from Queens, Margot Yale is interested in the role art can play in providing the tools for social change and fostering American civil society. She recently completed a year-long tenure as an art producer for the Artist Commissioning Program at the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA), and also served as a QCA panelist for ArtSite, selecting eight artists to create public art in Jackson Heights and Jamaica. Exhibitions include Memory Palace at Equity Gallery, NY, and Populist Printmaking: Works From the WPA Graphic Arts Division at the Princeton University Art Museum, NJ. Margot is a cataloguer in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Museum of Modern Art and holds a BA summa cum laude from Princeton University in Art History and American Studies. 

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About NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County is a 639-bed teaching hospital serving Central Brooklyn, East New York-New Lots, and Flatbush. The hospital was the first Level I Trauma Center for Adults in the nation, and the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in Brooklyn. It is an NYSDOH-Designated AIDS Center and Stroke Center and has also been designated as a Center of Excellence for diabetes and for Parkinson’s disease. In 2016, more than 113,000 people were seen in the emergency room and 678,900 people were seen in outpatient clinics. NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County’s Behavioral Health Services Program has 235 inpatient beds; there were 2,481 adult admissions and 662 adolescent and child admissions in 2016. More than 7,400 people visited the Psychiatric Emergency Room in the past year, and 158,000 people receive care in the Behavioral Health outpatient program. The hospital has played a major role in providing health care to vulnerable populations in Brooklyn since 1831 and is part of NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public health care system in the nation.

About No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab

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 professional development program for emerging curators interested in direct experience curating in an expanded field. With a focus on research, project-based learning and collaboration—and incorporating community engagement as a fundamental component in the formation of curatorial themes—NLE Lab responds to a specific context in a distinctly urban setting. 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.

The 2019 NLE Curatorial Lab is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and Shelly & Donald Rubin Foundation, with in-kind support from Materials for the ArtsPaper Monument and NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County.