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Jacqueline Mabey

Brooklyn, NY

Jacqueline Mabey’s work is shaped by studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, McGill University, and The University of British Columbia, and by multifarious professional experience in commercial galleries, museums, and artist studios. Mabey works in a research-based curatorial model, exploring a set of recurrent themes: desire, power, visibility, vulnerability, and creative community. They create texts and contexts for the analysis and presentation of contemporary art in a spirit of rigorous openness, as an invitation to the reader or viewer to actively participate in the process of making meaning. 

Mabey is a co-founder of Art+Feminism, an international, activist curatorial platform based out of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, with satellites at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Uffizi Gallery, Florence; The Menil Collection, Houston; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Yale University, New Haven; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, amongst many others. They have curated the work of artists including Yael Bartana, Hannah Black, Kate Gilmore, Lucia Hierro, Brendan Fernandes, Ken Gonzales-Day, Jen Liu, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Jumana Manna, Divya Mehra, Lorraine O’Grady, Sreshta Rit Premnath, and Addie Wagenknecht. Mabey has spoken about their work at venues such as Cornell University, Ithaca; Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, London; Moscow Museum of Modern Art; Columbia University in the City of New York; International Center of Photography, New York; and the Gardiner Museum, Toronto. They participated in residencies at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; 18th Street Art Center, Los Angeles; and the Darling Foundry, Montreal. In 2014, Mabey was named a Leading Global Thinker by Foreign Policy magazine.

Mabey is Assistant Curator at Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University - Newark; Lead Co-organizer of Art+Feminism; and works independently under the honorific, failed projects. They were born in the land of the Lenape, raised in Miꞌkmaꞌki (specifically, Nova Scotia), and returned to Lenapehoking, where they now live with a small dog by a large park in Brooklyn.