Laura J. Allen
Curatorial Scholar | Exhibit Specialist
Based in New York City, I help cultural institutions create exhibits and digital media that reach people. My academic and professional experience is in the material and natural worlds of the Americas, particularly dress and textiles, with a focus on Indigenous cultures.
I'm a scholar of the Native Northwest Coast and Alaska, where I've connected Indigenous partners with a renowned museum hall, researched mistaken masks, and identified Alaskan stories. I also write journalism.
Recent Exhibit Projects
New Perspectives in Native American Art History; Univ. of Oklahoma | Nov 7, 2020:
"Northwest Coast Native Idioms in Midcentury Modernisms: Tracking the Sea-Bear"
Textile Society of America Symposium | Oct 17, 2020:
"An Uncommon Ammunition Case: Interpreting 'Transitional' Textiles
and Social Worlds in Nineteenth-Century Tlingit Alaska."
» Nominated for Founding Presidents Award
Bard Graduate Center M.A. Symposium | Jun 12, 2020:
"Fashioning the Northwest Coast: 200 Years of Indigenous Dress"
» Winner of the Horowitz Foundation for the Arts Award
Native American Art Studies Association Meeting | Oct 3, 2019
(with Meghann O'Brien):
"'Ancient Couture' and the Northwest Coast"
Conference of the Council for Museum Anthropology | Sep 20, 2019
(with Aaron Glass):
"Reflections on The Story Box:
Remediating Franz Boas in a (Meta)Collaborative Exhibition"
- Morbid Anatomy Museum | Nov 6, 2014:
"When Women Wore Birds: Avian Finery of the Gilded Age"
With accompanying avian accessory taxidermy class by Divya Anantharaman
Selected Research & Writing (More)
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