A collection of influential books gifted from the personal libraries of revered arts and cultural figures.
Lawrence Rinder is director of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. 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. Among the other exhibitions he has organized are In a Different Light (curated with Nayland Blake), The American Effect: Global Perspectives on the United States, 1990–2003, Tim Hawkinson, Galaxy: A Hundred or So Stars Visible to the Naked Eye, Create (curated with Matthew Higgs), and Barry McGee (curated with Dena Beard).
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 nest, Artforum, The Village Voice, Fillip, Atlantica, and Flash Art, among others. 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.