Lawrence Rinder is the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and was Chief Curator of the 2002 Whitney Biennial which was not restricted by a single theme, and aimed to expose multiple, sometimes conflicting currents, as well as extraordinary works that fall outside of any conventional aesthetic definition. Another recent exhibition, BitStreams (2001), co-curated with Debra Singer, presented projects that harness digital media to achieve new dimensions of artistic expression through the transformation of images, space, data, and sound.
Prior to joining the Whitney in 2000 Rinder was founding director of the California College of Arts and Crafts Institute; Curator for Twentieth-Century Art at the University Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley, and Curator of the Matrix program, UC Berkeley.
In addition to his many exhibition catalogues, Rinder’s writings have been included in books such as Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, (University of California Press, 2001), and Beyond Conceptualism: The Sixties Experiment (ICI, New York, 2000). His art criticism has been published in numerous national and international periodicals including Shift, Flash Art, and Artforum.