Lawrence Rinder is the former director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at UC Berkeley. 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), "BitStreams," "The American Effect," and Tim Hawkinson. 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. Rinder's writing on art has appeared in nest, Artforum, The Village Voice, Fillip, Atlantica, and Flash Art. A collection of his essays, Art Life, was published by Gregory R. Miller in 2005. He has also published poetry, fiction, and a play co-authored with Kevin Killian.