Brief CV
Laura has been working in the arts for over a decade, including positions in education and curatorial departments at the Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Northern Arizona, San Francisco Art Institute, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and Montalvo Arts Center. She has a Bachelor's degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Puget Sound (Class of 2005), a Master's degree in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute (Class of 2009), and she is nearing completion of a PhD in the Program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University (Class of 2017).
Curatorial Statement
Investigating the archive of California artists Helen and Newton Harrison reveals a 50-year lineage of artistic research methodologies that inform and reappear in the work of contemporary artists who are intervening in the production of knowledge and in the search for solutions to social and environmental problems. Moreover, the archive dismantles social research and environmental research as discrete formations and documents the artists' work to combine methodologies towards a deeper understanding of disciplinary norms and values, while also proposing new directions or approaches to knowing and making the world.
Projects realized (Selection)
"The Social and Environmental Turn in Late 20th Century Art: A Case Study of Helen and Newton Harrison After Modernism," PhD dissertation, Stanford University, forthcoming. "Terraforming: Art and Engineering in the Sacramento Watershed," Cecil H. Green Library, Stanford Libraries. Palo Alto: Stanford University, January 26 - April 30, 2017. “When Blood Bees Rule the World (or Distributed Agency on a Planetary Scale),” Beyond 2 Degrees, edited by Brooke Kellaway. Santa Barbara: Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, 2017. “The Places We Call Home: Haptic Perception, Passing Through, and Becoming Local in the (Great) American West,” RICOCHET #9, Cyrill Lachauer. Full Service, edited by Michael Buhrs and Anna Schneider. Munich: Museum Villa Stuck, 2015. Contributions to All the World’s Futures, A Guide Book for the 56th Venice Biennale, edited by Okwui Enwezor. Venice: La Biennale di Venezia, 2015.