Peter Lang Short Bio


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 contemporary culture of disaster. He contributes regularly to the Swedish think-tank LabLab, reflecting on the culture of landscapes across Europe.
Lang’s most recent curatorial project is the “The Mimetic Observer: A visual reading on Dante’s Divine Comedy,”  an exhibition on Dante’s understanding of light and the optical sciences- taken here as a precursor to early photography. The exhibition, completed in 2023, including 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 has researched and written about a number of noted figures in the Italian art and design scene, including the Florentine art and architecture critic Lara-Vinca Masini, the sixties groups Superstudio, 9999 and UFO, who were the early protagonists behind the emergent Radical design movement. He has worked on multi-media projects including the Florentine Radical school S-Space and the London based International Institute of Design (IID), the noted biennale in Graz the Trigon, the Venice Art Biennale and the historic 1972 MoMA exhibition, Italy: the New Domestic Landscape. He  recently co-founded YellowGloveLab for the creation and development of video works and animations. Lang currently resides in Rome, Italy.

Peter Lang currently resides in Rome, Italy.

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

For the complete R-lab archive visit here.

For Marvels and Catastrophes visit the link here.