BFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University, Boston, MA, 1998
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
Saatchi Collection, London, England
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Zabludowicz Trust, London, England
Leslie Tonkonow, New York, NY
Laurel Nakadate’s videos, photographs, and sculptures challenge conventional notions of propriety, volition, and gender roles. The complicated spectacles she constructs with male strangers walk a thin line between voluntary embarrassment and exploitation. Nakadate’s three-channel video projection I Wanna Be Your Mid-Life Crisis features the artist encouraging middle-aged men to dance and undress themselves while she participates by doing likewise. They candidly struggle to appease or ingratiate themselves to her, creating a sense of palpable discomfort in the viewer.
Nakadate was featured in MoMA PS1’s 2005 survey of emerging artists, "Greater New York," and she had a solo show at the museum in 2011. In 2009, Nakadate directed her first feature-length film, Stay the Same Never Change.