Ph.D. Candidate; Independent Curator
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 object as the basis for revaluing disability in art institutions. Cooley is currently serving as an independent curator for the Ford Foundation’s Art Gallery where she is co-curating a yearlong online and physical exhibition titled INDISPOSABLE. Before Madison, Cooley served as assistant curator from 2006–2010 at the Davidson College Van Every/Smith Galleries where she curated a numerous of exhibitions including RE/FORMATIONS: Disability, Women, and Sculpture.
Jill H. Casid