Laurel Ptak is a New York City based curator whose work investigates the social and political dimensions of photography, technology and contemporary art. She has previously held diverse roles at cultural institutions including Aperture Foundation, Guggenheim Museum and PS1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA.
Originally trained as a photographer, Ptak had an unusual start as a curator—asked to organize exhibitions as the result of an influential blog she founded and ran for five years that focused on contemporary photography. She was quickly regarded as leading a new generation of curators whose “real world” careers were a direct result of their online practices.
Ptak currently teaches at The New School, is a fellow at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, and serves as at-large curator for Tensta Konsthall. Together with artist Marysia Lewandowska, she is co-editor of the book Undoing Property? published by Sternberg Press in 2013.
Recent projects include: Wages For Facebook (2013) a platform for dialogue about social media and digital labor; Space—tenstakonsthall.se (2012–present) a screen-based exhibition space made in collaboration with Metahaven; and Towards A History, A Politics, A Philosophy of the Online Image (2012–present) a research project that explores forms of hybridity, modes of authorship and economies of attention unique to the online image.
£5 (no concessions)
13 Sep 2013 - 13 Sep 2013
7:00pm - 8:30pm