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Lauren O’Neal

On the intersection of choreographic thinking and curatorial practice


Lauren O’Neal is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, arts administrator, and educator. She has exhibited her artwork at the Portland Museum of Art, the Housatonic Museum of Art, Purdue University, and the Theater Academy. Her movement-based work includes performing in pieces by Trisha Brown, Heidi Latsky, and Ryan McNamara at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston and Harvard University, and producing collaborative performance art at Mobius, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Maine College of Art. O’Neal has been a recipient of grants and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, the Somerville Arts Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Uniarts Helsinki. Her curatorial projects have taken place at venues including the Lamont Gallery, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Somerville Museum, and the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center Gallery at Brown University. She has presented at the European Artistic Research Network (EARN) Conference, ICOM/UMAC, the College Art Association Conference, and the Nordic Forum for Dance Research. Along with extensive experience in nonprofit and cultural program administration, she has published articles and essays for Art New England and other publications. O’Neal holds an MFA from Maine College of Art, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, an A.B. from Wellesley College, and has additional training from the Zodiak Center for New Dance, Movement Research, the Trisha Brown Company, and the Exeter Humanities Institute. Previously, O’Neal was the director and curator of the Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy. Currently, she is a senior lecturer at Boston University’s Graduate Program in Arts Administration and a visiting fellow at the Harvard University Graduate Program in Arts & Sciences. 

Artistic Research Summary

O’Neal is pursuing doctoral research at the University of the Arts Helsinki where she is focusing on the intersection of choreographic thinking and curatorial practice. Areas of consideration within this inquiry include: curatorial process, the impact of dance and somatic practice on curating, theories of curating and the curatorial, performance in museum and gallery contexts, a consideration of choreography versus the choreographic, the academic gallery setting and context, curatorial dramaturgy, authorship, queering curatorial practice, choreographic writing, curating temporally and spatially, the role of invisible research, curatorial experimentation, using studio art and installation orientations as a curatorial approach, and open-ended methodologies in artistic research and production.

Artistic research links

Clew: A Rich and Rewarding Disorientation 

Open House: A Portrait of Collecting 

Being & Feeling (Alone, Together)

General links

Boston University Graduate Program in Arts Administration

Lamont Gallery Archive (select curatorial projects)

KuvA research activities

This blog highlights the activities of the research unit and doctoral programme at the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki | Tämä blogi esittelee Kuvataideakatemian tutkimusyksikön ja tohtorikoulutusohjelman tapahtumia ja toimintaa | I den här bloggen presenteras verksamheten och evenemangen vid Bildkonstsakademins forskningsenhet och doktorandprogram

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