Cornelia Lauf '85GSAS '86GSAS '92GSAS is an art historian and curator, living in Rome. She holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, Ohio, and M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her award-winning exhibitions and publications include Artist/Author, Contemporary Artist’s Books, (American Federation of Arts, New York), Konstantin Gricic (Casa di Goethe, Rome; Harvard University, Cambridge; Klassik Stiftung, Weimar) Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists, (Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland); Indeed, an international traveling exhibition on certificates of authenticity by artists, co-curated with Susan Hapgood.
Cornelia has served as Editor-in-Chief of Imschoot, Uitgevers, Belgium; co-founded Three Star Books, Paris (2005-2015), and lectures widely, at instititions including Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Getty Center for the Arts and Humanities, Los Angeles; Tate, London, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Musei Civici, Venice, and many others. She is Artistic Director of Agricola Due Leoni, a prize-winning Italian olive oil farm that works with contemporary artists including David Shrigley and Jonathan Monk. Cornelia consults individuals, private, and public institutions in the field of contemporary art, and currently teaches arts management/art history in the graduate art history program of John Cabot University, Rome. She has taught for ten years at IUAV, Venice, as well as at LUISS, Rome, in the Department of Political Philosophy. Cornelia is on the Board of Advisors of the Global Fine Arts Awards, Board of Advisors of the scholarly journal, Sztuki i Dokumentacja, Academy of Fine Arts, Lodz, Poland, and is a founder of Fondo Ambiente Italiano, FAI Lazio, Gruppo della Sabina. Her husband Giuseppe Catalano di Melilli is a citrus and olive farmer, as well as architect, and Cornelia is the mother of two daughters by a previous marriage to artist Joseph Kosuth. She has lived for many years in New York and Belgium, and currently divides her time between Rome, Sabina, and Catania, Sicily.