Jessica Cooley

Position title: Ph.D. Candidate; Independent Curator


Curriculum Vitae

Jessica A. Cooley (she/her/hers) is a scholar-curator working at the intersection of curatorial and museum studies, crip theory, and Modern and contemporary art. Cooley is a Ph.D. candidate in the art history department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison finishing her dissertation “Crip Materiality: The Art Institution after the Americans with Disabilities Act,” which confronts the discursive framing and practical treatment of the unstable materiality of art objects as the basis for revaluing disability in art institutions. Cooley has been commissioned by the Ford Foundation’s Art Gallery to co-curate (with Ann M. Fox) a yearlong online and physical exhibition titled INDISPOSABLE: Structures of Support after the ADA. Before Madison, Cooley served as assistant curator from 2006–2010 the Davidson College Van Every/Smith Galleries where she curated numerous exhibitions including RE/FORMATIONS: Disability, Women, and Sculpture.

Primary Advisor(s)
Jill H. Casid