Join Artadia and independent curator Jessica Bell Brown for Art & Dialogue: Chicago. Bell Brown will present a free public program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on Thursday, June 6 at 6 pm.
Jessica Bell Brown is a writer, curator, and art historian based in Harlem. She is currently the 2018-2019 Consulting Curator for Gracie Mansion Conservancy, where she curated She Persists: A Century of Women Artists in New York. At Princeton, Brown is a Ph.D. candidate in Modern and Contemporary Art in the Department of Art and Archaeology. Her research explores the relationship between form, black radicalism, and abstraction in 20th-century African-American art. Before pursuit of graduate study, she worked in programming capacities at Creative Time and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. From 2016 to 2017, Brown was the Museum Research Consortium Fellow in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, where she worked under the curatorial leadership of Leah Dickerman for Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends (2017). As a writer and critic, she has penned critical essays on contemporary artists Lubaina Himid, Senga Nengudi, Eric Mack, Sam Gilliam, Jennifer Packer, Kerry James Marshall, Charles Ray and Wilmer Wilson IV, among many others. Her writing and art criticism has appeared in catalogues and publications for The Studio Museum in Harlem, Lévy Gorvy, The Museum of Modern Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, Flash Art, Hyperallergic, and The Brooklyn Rail.