Lawrence Rinder

Director, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Lawrence Rinder is director and chief curator of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), a position he has held since 2008. His curatorial contributions while serving as BAMPFA director include organizing Architecture of Life in 2016; The Possible in 2014 (with David Wilson); the first mid-career survey of Barry McGee in 2012 (with Dena Beard); and In a Different Light (with Nayland Blake). He has held positions at the Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he was chief curator of the 2002 Biennial and organized exhibitions including The American Effect: Global Perspectives on the United States, 1990–2003 and Tim Hawkinson,  He was the founding director of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at California College of the Arts, San Francisco, where he also served as dean. His writing on art has appeared in nestArtforumThe Village VoiceFillipAtlantica, and Flash Art, among other publications. Art Life, a collection of his essays, was published by Gregory R. Miller in 2005. He has also published poetry, fiction, and a play, co-authored with Kevin Killian.