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No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab (NLE Lab) is a 15-week professional development program for emerging curators that is dedicated to the curation of site-specific exhibitions. Expanding on No Longer Empty‘s mission to create community-responsive and site-specific exhibitions and programming in underutilized spaces, NLE Lab is designed as a socially conscious platform for experimentation in curating.

Dates: September 8–December 18, 2015
Location: The Bronx
Application deadline: July 31, 2015
For requirements and guidelines, visit

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 particular urban setting. The program includes a flexible curriculum of critical readings on curating, and historical research on the designated site, neighborhood, and community as a fundamental component in the formation of curatorial themes. NLE Lab facilitates professional development through studio visits, guest lectures, exhibition visits, and introductions to community partner organizations. The Fall 2015 session will be conducted by Rachel Gugelberger, associate curator of No Longer Empty, and will culminate in the production of a collaboratively curated site-specific exhibition in an underutilized space in the Bronx.

Founded in 2013, NLE Curatorial Lab has presented exhibitions in New York City in a former beauty salon in Chinatown and an abandoned storefront in Greenwich Village. Past instructors include Petrushka Bazin Larsen, independent curator and director of Programs at Laundromat Project; Sara Reisman, artistic director of the Rubin Foundation; and Manon Slome, chief curator of No Longer Empty.


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