Laura J. Allen

Curator | Scholar | Writer

Based in New York City, I am currently the Curator of Native American Art at the Montclair Art Museum and formerly a Curatorial Associate in the Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History. My interdisciplinary background includes anthropology, design and design history, and the natural sciences.

I focus on the material and natural worlds of the Americas, particularly Indigenous and intercultural dress and textiles, past and present. My curatorial approach is collaborative. I strive to activate museum collections through (re)connection with communities of origin and inspire critically engaged museum audiences.

I'm a scholar of the Native Northwest Coast and Alaska. My research addresses themes such as intercultural exchange, colonialism, and Indigenous agency; animal materials; and the collection, circulation, and display of cultural objects and designs.

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