Laura J. Allen

Curator | Scholar | Exhibit Specialist

Based in New York City, I help cultural institutions create exhibits and digital media that reach people. In March 2021 I became the Curator of Native American Art at Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey.

My academic and professional experience is in the material and natural worlds of the Americas, particularly dress and textiles, with a focus on Indigenous arts and cultures. I'm a scholar of the Native Northwest Coast and Alaska, where I've connected Indigenous partners with a renowned museum hall, identified Alaskan stories, and researched remarkable weavings.

My curatorial approach is collaborative. I strive to activate museum collections through (re)connection with communities of origin and inspire critically engaged museum audiences.

Recent Exhibit Projects

Selected Presentations

Selected Research & Writing

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