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

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

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Biography

Biography

Laurel Nakadate

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

Education

2001
MFA, Yale University

 

1998
BFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University

Solo exhibitions (selected)

2015
Strangers and Relations
Des Moines Art Center

 

2014

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

 

Strangers and Relations
The ART MUSEUM at the University of Kentucky

 

2013
Strangers and Relations
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

 

Photographs, Videos & Performances
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

 

2012
Polaroids from “Stay the Same never Change”
Art Academy of Cincinnati

 

Photographs, Videos & Performances
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

 

2011
Say You Love Me
Carpenter Center for the Arts, Harvard University,
Cambridge

 

The Zabludowicz Collection, London

 

Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt

 

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

 

2010
Some Recent Fever Dream
Chalk Horse, Sydney

 

2009
Fever Dreams at the Crystal Motel
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

 

2008
Pleasure Dome, Toronto

 

Stay the Same Never Change
Grand Arts, Kansas City

 

2007
Chalk Horse, Sydney

 

2006
A Message to Pretty
Danziger Projects, New York

 

Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind
Adamson Gallery, Washington

 

2005
Love Hotel and Other Stories
Danziger Projects, New York

 

2004
Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno – CAAM, Las Palmas

 

2002
We Are All Made of Stars
Daniel Silverstein Gallery, New York

Film screenings (selected)

2013
An Open Confession
MoMA PS1, Long Island City

 

Grrls on Girls
Nighthawk Cinema, Brooklyn

 

2011
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

 

2010
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)
Talinn

 

Pleasure Dome, Toronto

 

2009
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
Brooklyn

 

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

 

Leeds International Film Festival

 

New Directions in Documentary Film Conference, Wellesley College

Group exhibitions (selected)

2017
Dizziness: Navigating the Unknown
CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

 

LEARNING FROM BIG MISTAKES
Galerie Tanja Wagner, New York

 

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

 

Navigating the Unknown: Elastic Actions in a Dizzying World
Kunsthaus Graz, Space 02

 

2016
Blue Jean Baby
SEPTEMBER, Hudson

 

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

 

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

 

2015
Self-Timer Stories
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León

 

Partial Presence
The Zabludowicz Collection, London

 

Hamster Hipster Handy
Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt

 

2014
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

 

Cast
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center

 

Imprints
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

 

2013
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,
Washington

 

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

 

2012
Next Generation: Contemporary American Photography
Pasinger Fabrik, Munich

 

On Sincerity
808 Gallery, Boston University

 

Daegu Photo Biennale, South Korea

 

Privat
Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt

 

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

 

The Virgins Show
Family Business, New York

 

Kinomuzeum
Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw

 

Out of Focus: Photography
The Saatchi Gallery, London

 

Desire
KODE Kunstmuseene, Bergen

 

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

 

Campaign
C24 Gallery, New York

 

2011
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
MACRO, Rome

 

Involuntary
Ford Projects, New York

 

Alice in Wonderland
Turku 2011

 

2010
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

 

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

 

Group Show
Luis de Jesus, Los Angeles

 

Saccharine
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

 

2009
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
KunstFilmBiennale
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

 

2008
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

 

2007
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

 

M*A*S*H
The Helena, New York

 

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

 

2006
Heartbreaker
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

 

2005
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

 

Vicious
Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco

 

KunstFilm Biennale, Cologne

 

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

 

2004
Get Off
Museum of Sex, New York

 

2003
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

 

2002
Enough About Me
Momenta, Brooklyn, N.Y.

 

Holiday Shopping
Wallspace Gallery, New York

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