Charlene K. Lau is a New York-based art historian, art critic and cultural worker. She has fourteen years of professional experience working in Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom with artists including David Claerbout and in art institutions such as Canadian Art, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, White Cube, and Vtape. Charlene has been a curatorial assistant at the Textile Museum of Canada, and has held teaching positions at the Parsons School of Design, Ryerson University, Western University and York University. Her writing has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, C Magazine, Canadian Art, Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty, Fashion Theory, Journal of Curatorial Studies, and PUBLIC.
Charlene's research interests include the historical and contemporary avant-garde in art and fashion, the Gesamtkunstwerk, art criticism, politically-engaged practices, and the pornographic. She is Post-Doctoral Fellow in Material and Visual Culture at the School of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons School of Design, and received a PhD in Art History and Visual Culture from York University (Toronto), an MA in the History and Culture of Fashion from the London College of Fashion (UK), and a BA in Art History and Visual Studies from the University of Toronto.