Laurel Nakadate

Laurel Nakadate

Laurel Nakadate uses video, film and photography to capture her performances. Her protagonists are strangers, amateur actors or herself. Nakadate engages the viewer and her subjects in a complex relationship of desire, power, tenderness, trust, loss and betrayal. The staged situations combine voyeurism, comedy and akwardness; her intimate and sometimes unsettling works deal with issues of isolation and the desire for connection, even if the circumstances are uncomfortable  or complicated.

Selected works







Laurel Nakadate

Born 1975 in Austin, Texas
Lives and works in New York City


MFA, Yale University


BFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University

Solo exhibitions (selected)

Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin


The Kingdom
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects , New York


Strangers and Relations
Des Moines Art Center



Strangers and Relations
The University Art Gallery, University of the South, Sewanee


Strangers and Relations
The ART MUSEUM at the University of Kentucky


Strangers and Relations
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York


Photographs, Videos & Performances
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center


Polaroids from “Stay the Same never Change”
Art Academy of Cincinnati


Photographs, Videos & Performances
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center


Say You Love Me
Carpenter Center for the Arts, Harvard University,


The Zabludowicz Collection, London


Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt


365 Days: A Catalogue of Tears
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York


Some Recent Fever Dream
Chalk Horse, Sydney


Fever Dreams at the Crystal Motel
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York


Pleasure Dome, Toronto


Stay the Same Never Change
Grand Arts, Kansas City


Chalk Horse, Sydney


A Message to Pretty
Danziger Projects, New York


Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind
Adamson Gallery, Washington


Love Hotel and Other Stories
Danziger Projects, New York


Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno – CAAM, Las Palmas


We Are All Made of Stars
Daniel Silverstein Gallery, New York

Film screenings (selected)

An Open Confession
MoMA PS1, Long Island City


Grrls on Girls
Nighthawk Cinema, Brooklyn


Three Performances in Search of Tennessee
in collaboration with James Franco, Performa 11, New York


Abrons Art Center, New York


Institute of Contemporary Art, London


Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge


Modern Monday, The Museum of Modern Art, New York


San Francisco Film Society, Roxie Theater


Gotham Awards, The Museum of Modern Art, New York


Philadelphia Film Festival


Pleasure Dome, Toronto


The Museum of Modern Art: Recent Film Acquisitions: Continuum 2, New York


Los Angeles Film Festival


Chicago Underground Film Festival (prize for Best Narrative Feature)


The Danish Film Institute, Cinemateque, Copenhagen


Civil Disobedience
White Box Gallery, New York


The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis


Fotofest, Houston


University of Wisconsin, Madison


University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee


175/Zabludowicz Art Collection, London


Sewanee Conference on Women, University of the South, Sewanee


Art, Image and Exploitation (conference)


Pleasure Dome, Toronto


Sundance Film Festival, Park City


New Directors/New Films
The Museum of Modern Art & The Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York


San Francisco Art Institute


Rooftop Films 2009 Independent Film Festival


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Leeds International Film Festival


New Directions in Documentary Film Conference, Wellesley College

Group exhibitions (selected)

Station – Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston


Dizziness: Navigating the Unknown
CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw


Galerie Tanja Wagner, New York


Pop Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art
21C Museum, Louisville


The (Partial) Autobiography of an Art Gallery
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York


Affecting Images: Photography’s Pursuit of Intimacy
Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah


Dizziness: Navigating the Unknown
Kunsthaus Graz, Space 02


Blue Jean Baby


Public, Private, Secret
International Center of Photography, New York


Land/Sky: Temporal Concepts
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York


Self-Timer Stories
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León


Partial Presence
The Zabludowicz Collection, London


Hamster Hipster Handy
Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt


Sitebound: Photography from the Collection
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington


Self-Timer Stories
Austrian Cultural Forum, New York
Museum der Moderne, Rupertinum, Salzburg


SKIT, curated by Tisch Abelow
The Hole, New York


Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950
Kunsthaus Graz


Wrong’s What I Do Best
Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute


Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950
MUDAM Luxembourg


Philadelphia Photo Arts Center


Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York


Dis-semblance: Perceiving and Projecting Identity Today
21c Museum, Cincinnati


War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art
DePaul Art Museum, Chicago


In the Heart of the Country
Muzeum sztuki nowoczesnej, Warsaw


Double Indemnity
Cornerhouse, Manchester


Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden,


Day After Day: The Diaristic Impulse
University Art Museum, SUNY Albany


More Love: Art, Politics and Sharing since the 1990s
Ackland Art Museum, The University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Nashville


Next Generation: Contemporary American Photography
Pasinger Fabrik, Munich


On Sincerity
808 Gallery, Boston University


Daegu Photo Biennale, South Korea


Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt


Summer Camps: Rêverie américaines sur l’adolescence
Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris


The Virgins Show
Family Business, New York


Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw


Out of Focus: Photography
The Saatchi Gallery, London


KODE Kunstmuseene, Bergen


In Character: Artists’ Role Play in Photography and Video
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover


C24 Gallery, New York


Staging Action: Performance in Photography Since 1960
The Museum of Modern Art, New York


Inner Piece: Works from the Collection of Heather and Tony Podesta
American University, Art Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington


Images from a Floating World: 19th-Century Erotic Prints and the Echo in Modern and Contemporary Art
Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York


Nothing in the World But You
Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent


International Incheon Women Artist’s Biennale
Incheon, South Korea


Sex Drive
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center


She Devil 5


Ford Projects, New York


Alice in Wonderland
Turku 2011


Seks Is Meer
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven


Love Sick
Stills Gallery, Paddington NSW, in association with the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre,
Gymea NSW


Back to New York
HP Garcia Gallery, New York


The Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas, Austin


Group Show
Luis de Jesus, Los Angeles


Grimm Museum, Berlin


She: In Her Teens and Twenties
University Art Gallery, San Diego State University


Day & Night
The Copenhagen Photo Festival


Medianation: Performing for the Screen
FotoFest 2010 Biennial, Houston


Out of the Woods
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York


Art Star
Galerie SAW, Ottawa


100 Years
P.S.1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City and the Julia Stoschek Foundation, Düsseldorf


Endurance: Daring Feats of Risk, Survival and Perseverance
Abington Art Center, Jenkintown


“Now That I’m By Myself,” she says, “I’m Not By Myself“
DiverseWorks, Houston


55th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
Kunst-Werke, Berlin
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Madrid


Pictures: Tracey Baran, Nikki S. Lee, Laurel Nakadate, & Kunié Sugiura
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York


Invisible Adversaries
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland


As Others See Us
Brattleboro Museum and Art Center


One Way or Another
Honolulu Academy of Arts


The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics
Yerba Buena, San Francisco


One Way or Another
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles


Weight of the World
Reed Gallery, Cincinnati


Chalk Reindeer 2008
Chalk Horse, Sydney


Americans in New York
Gallery Michel Rein, Paris


Keeping up with the Joneses
Schroeder Romero Gallery, New York


KunstFilmBiennale, Cologne


One Way or Another
Berkeley Art Museum


Weather Report
Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno – CAAM, Las Palmas


This Is My Country
Seminal Projects, San Diego


Dallas Video Festival


The End is Nigh
Higher Pictures, New York


Identity Thieves
Gallery 4a, Asia-Australia Arts Centre, Sydney


50,000 Beds
The Aldrich Museum Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield


Idiot Joy Showland
IFC Film Center, New York


Fung Wah
Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston


A Night at the Museum
Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Madrid


The Helena, New York


One Way or Another
Blaffer Gallery
The Art Museum of the University of Houston


Mary Boone Gallery, New York


Haunted States
Grand Arts, Kansas City


KunstFilmBiennale, Kunst-Werke, Berlin


Video And Performance
Okay Mountain, Austin


One Way or Another – Asian American Art now
Asia Society, New York


Reckless Behavior
The Getty Center, Los Angeles


Tokyo National University of Fine Arts, Tokyo


Dead of Winter
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill


Oh Boy
New Center for Contemporary Art, Louisville


I Was Only Acting
Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Madrid


Greater New York
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City


Nine Portraits
Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco


Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco


KunstFilm Biennale, Cologne


Art Review: 25 – 25 Best Emerging Artists
Phillips, De Pury and Co, New York


Get Off
Museum of Sex, New York


Towards a Low-End Theory
Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis


Fresh Blood
Center for Experimental Photography, Buffalo


25 Under 25
Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, Chapel Hill


Enough About Me
Momenta, Brooklyn, N.Y.


Holiday Shopping
Wallspace Gallery, New York