Dr. Ross has extensive experience in object and library-collection development, and research and curatorship related to German Dada, African-American art, masks, performance, and visual culture of the Global South,with a special interest in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
Laurie founded the rare and scholarly art book business, Metropolis Art Books in Detroit, which specialized in the Fine and Decorative Arts, Tribal Art, Photography, and Architecture. Metropolis’ clientele included artists, galleries, museum curators, and libraries, including The British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, Harvard University, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She also managed the Sheldon Ross Gallery, which specialized in German Dada and Expressionism, and American art, especially Romare Bearden. She has served as a consultant and curator with museums in the Netherlands, Great Britain, and the United States.