Peter Lang Short Bio


Peter Lang is an independent artist, author, educator and curator. He is a former Professor at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm where he taught post-graduate courses from 2013 to 2019. He previously held the position of Associate Professor at Texas A&M School of Architecture (2001-2013). He earned a PhD in urban studies and Italian history from New York University and a Bachelors of Architecture from Syracuse University. In Stockholm Lang founded R-lab, a public platform for critical research and creative artistic practice, and subsequently launched the initiative “Marvels and Catastrophes,” that works to understand and engage in the culture of disaster. Lang currently is an instructor  at NABA in Rome for their Masters program in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies.  He contributes  to the Swedish think-tank LabLab, reflecting on the culture of landscapes across Europe. A co-founder of YellowGloveLab, he has contributed works for “Observed: Landscape as imagination, resource and nostalgia,” at the Virserum Konsthall, Sweden (2023), and “Lyssna” at the Färgfabriken Konsthall Stockholm Sweden(2022).

Lang’s most recent curatorial project is the “Lo Sguardo di Dante/The Mimetic Observer: A visual reading on Dante’s Divine Comedy,”  an exhibition on Dante’s understanding of light and the optical sciences- interpreted as a precursor to early photography. The exhibition is on view at the Palazzo Barberini in Rome (15/11/23-03/03/24). The catalogue was produced by the Italian National archive for photography, (ICCD) and funded by the Dante Alighieri National Committee for the 700th year celebration of the Poet’s death.

Lang works on a number of topics surveying Italian art, architecture and design, with his most recent studies focusing on post-war Radical education and the Florentine schools S-Space and Global Tools. He co-curated and co-authored an exhibition on the exhibition at the New York MoMA: “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape” held in 1972; he also worked closely on the sixties Radical Design groups in Florence, Superstudio, Archizoom, 9999 and UFO. Lang also wrote on the Florentine art and architecture critic Lara-Vinca Masini (1923-2021) introducing her work to a broader English audience.

Lang currently resides with his family in Rome, Italy.

Photo: Motiers Art Festival August 2021. Giulia Penzo Photo.

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