Laura Hoptman was recently appointed Curator of Contemporary Art and the Carnegie Museum of Art and will organize the 54th installation of the Carnegie International in fall 2004. Previously, Hoptman was the Assistant Curator of Drawings at the Museum of Modern Art, and held positions as Guest Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Curator of The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York.
Her most recent exhibition, Drawing Now: Eight Propositions at the Museum of Modern Art, Queens, New York highlighted 26 international artists. The exhibition posited that in the recent past drawing has eschewed the digitized, multimedia direction that much of contemporary art has taken, and has come to resemble more closely its pre-20th-century identity as a self-contained, finished thing.
While at MoMA, Hoptman also organized a number of contemporary art exhibitions including Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama, 1958-1968 (co-curated with Lynn Zelevansky of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1998) and Projects #60: John Currin, Elizabeth Peyton, Luc Tuymans (1997)—each was cited as one of the 10 best exhibitions of its year by ArtForum magazine.
Hoptman has written extensively, publishing articles in Parkett, Frieze, and Flashart magazines and authoring the monograph Yayoi Kusama (Phaidon Press, 2000).