Lauren Cornell is an American curator and writer based in New York. Cornell is the Director of the Graduate Program at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, and Chief Curator of the Hessel Museum of Art. Previously, she worked at the New Museum for twelve years and was the Executive Director of their affiliate Rhizome (2005-2012).
Cornell was born and raised in New York City. She started her career in the arts as the Executive Director of Ocularis, a now-closed cinema in Brooklyn, New York. She joined the New Museum in 2005, where she worked on the inaugural Generational show, Younger Than Jesus, and became the Executive Director of Rhizome, an organization that commissions, exhibits, and preserves art engaged with technology. She stepped down from her role at Rhizome in July 2012 to curate the New Museum's third Generational Triennial, Surround Audience, in 2015.
Cornell and Ed Halter co-edited the anthology Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century (2016).
She has contributed to publications including Aperture, Art in America, ArtReview, Frieze, and Mousse, and written on artists for monographic catalogues.
In 2016, Artsy named Cornell one of "The 20 Most Influential Young Curators in the United States." In 2017, Cornell was the recipient of ArtTable's New Leadership Award. In 2017, she was named an Apollo 40 under 40.