Laura Wertheim Joseph is Curator of Exhibitions at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Before coming to the M, she worked to advance recognition and opportunities for artists challenging perceptions of disability as Gallery Director at Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. Current curatorial projects include Harriet Bart: Abracadabra and Other Forms of Protection for the Weisman Art Museum. She is the editor of forthcoming catalog of the same name. Other recent, nationally recognized projects include Testify: Americana from Slavery to the Present (Hennepin County Library) and A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde (Mary and Leigh Block Museum). She has written and lectured widely on contemporary art and has an interest in collaborative and experimental approaches to curation.
Laura received her PhD from the University of Minnesota, where she specialized in contemporary art and critical theory with a focus on feminism, gender, and performance studies, as well as theories of affect, embodiment, and materiality. She also holds a master’s degree in arts and cultural management from Saint Mary’s University.