PhD and MA, University College London; BA, McGill University, Montreal
Lauren specialises in contemporary art since the ‘90s with a focus on the intersection of art, politics and social change. Her research examines socially-engaged, participatory and collectivist art practices that strive to create forms of experimental social modelling and political alternatives within conditions of globalisation. Lauren’s research appears in various publications and through multiple papers delivered at the prestigious College Art Association Annual Conference and Association of Art Historians Annual Conference. Lauren holds a BA from McGill University and a MA and PhD in History of Art from University College London, where she was an Overseas Research, Graduate Research, and Canadian Centennial scholar.
Lauren has taught contemporary art history as an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths as well as at University College London and Camden Arts Centre. Her teaching philosophy centres on encouraging students to gain confidence in their own voice whilst developing deep art historical awareness and the ability to look closely at works of art in order to draw meaningful connections between various artists, movements and tendencies.
Beyond academia, Lauren enjoys being active in the field. She curated exhibitions at Gasworks and International New Media Gallery, and notably co-organised Untitled (Labour): Contemporary Art & Immaterial Production at Tate Britain. Originally from Toronto, Lauren began her career at Heffel Fine Art Auction House & Gallery and continues to independently advise clients building contemporary art collections.