Lawrence Kumpf

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Lawrence Kumpf is an American performing arts curator, writer, and publisher. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Blank Forms, a not-for-profit platform for the presentation and preservation of experimental and time-based performance practices located in New York City.[1] He previously served as the Curator and Artistic Director of ISSUE Project Room from 2008 to 2016[2].[3]


Kumpf has curated and co-curated exhibitions including Open Plan: Cecil Taylor at the Whitney Museum, New York, Don and Moki Cherry: Organic Music Societies at Blank Forms, New York and ARGOS Center for Audiovisual Arts, Brussels, and two exhibitions devoted to the work of pioneering composer Catherine Christer Hennix at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and Empty Gallery, Hong Kong.[4][5][6][7] He has organized collaborative performance projects with historically significant and emerging artists from around the world at institutions including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, ARGOS Center for Audio Visual Arts in Brussels, Bourse de Commerce Pinault Collection in Paris, the Munch Museum in Oslo, and MoMA PS1 and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.[8][5][9][10][11][12]

Edited Publications

  • Transmissions from the Pleroma (2021) Blank Forms Editions[13]
  • Common Tones: Selected Interviews with Artists and Musicians 1995-2020, Alan Licht (2021) Blank Forms Editions[14]
  • The Cowboy’s Dreams of Home (2021) Blank Forms Editions[15]
  • Organic Music Societies (2021) Blank Forms Editions[16]
  • Aspirations of Madness (2020) Blank Forms Editions[17]
  • Black Case: Volume I & II, Joseph Jarman (2019) Blank Forms Editions[18]
  • Catherine Christer Hennix: Poësy Matters and Other Matters (2019) Blank Forms Editions[19]
  • Intelligent Life (2019) Blank Forms Editions[20]
  • Freedom is Around the Corner (2018) Blank Forms Editions[21]
  • Music from the world tomorrow (2018) Blank Forms Editions[22]
  • Magazine (2017) Blank Forms Editions[23]


  1. "About". Blank Forms.
  2. Battaglia, Andy. "Issue Project Room Withstands Its Growing Pains". WSJ.
  3. Battaglia, Andy (December 22, 2016). "Sound Disposition: A Personal, Peculiar Top 10 of a Memorable Year in Art".
  4. "Open Plan: Cecil Taylor".
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Don & Moki Cherry: Organic Music Societies".
  6. "Catherine Christer Hennix".
  7. "Empty Gallery – Catherine Christer Hennix".
  8. "Blue(s) in Green to the 31 Limit".
  9. "Catherine Christer Hennix presents Solo for Tamburium | Bourse de Commerce".
  10. "Organic Music Societies: Exotic Sin med TYSON & Neneh Cherry Anja Lauvdal & Joakim Heibø".
  11. "MoMA | Warm Up 2013 Is Here!".
  12. "Guggenheim Presents stillspotting nyc: finale on October 9". The Guggenheim Museums and Foundation.
  13. "Blank Forms 08: Transmissions from the Pleroma". Blank Forms.
  14. "Alan Licht: Common Tones: Selected interviews with artists and musicians 1995–2020". Blank Forms.
  15. "Blank Forms 07: The Cowboy's Dreams of Home". Blank Forms.
  16. "Blank Forms 06: Organic Music Societies". Blank Forms.
  17. "Blank Forms 05: Aspirations of Madness". Blank Forms.
  18. "Joseph Jarman: Black Case Volume I and II: Return From Exile". Blank Forms.
  19. "Catherine Christer Hennix: Poësy Matters and Other Matters". Blank Forms.
  20. "Blank Forms 04: Intelligent Life". Blank Forms.
  21. "Blank Forms 03: Freedom is Around the Corner". Blank Forms.
  22. "Blank Forms 02: Music From The World Tomorrow". Blank Forms.
  23. "Blank Forms 01: MAGAZINE". Blank Forms.

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