Charlene K. Lau is a New York-based art historian and critic. She is an Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow at Performa and has fifteen years of professional experience working in Canada, Europe, United Kingdom, and United States. Charlene has held teaching positions at Parsons School of Design, Ryerson University, Western University and York University. Her writing has been published in The Atlantic, The Brooklyn RailC Magazine, Canadian Art, Critical Studies in Fashion & BeautyFashion Theory, and Journal of Curatorial Studies.

Charlene's research interests include the historical and contemporary avant-garde in art and fashion, Gesamtkunstwerk, politically- and socially-engaged practices, and the pornographic. She received a PhD in Art History and Visual Culture from York University, an MA in the History and Culture of Fashion from the London College of Fashion, and a BA in Art History and Visual Studies from the University of Toronto.