Naoko Adachi is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. From Kyoto, Japan, she specializes in Early Modern and Modern Japanese art. Together with Ramey Mize, she curated Traversals at New Boon(e) in 2016.
Haely Yoon Chang
Haely Yoon Chang received her MA at the University of Pennsylvania after graduating from Hongik University in Seoul with a BA in the History of Art. She is currently assisting curatorial projects at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and will join the Slought Foundation and Metropolitan Museum of Art as an intern and fellow, respectively. Her previous research topics include representations of women’s leisure consumption in Korean and American art during the early twentieth century, the intersection of artists and immigration history, Korean American artists in the early twentieth century, and contemporary Korean art. She also co-curated the first three independent exhibitions in the Incubation Series — UNcommons, EchoLocation, and Please Come In, alongside her colleagues Hilary R. Whitham and Kirsten Gill.
Francesca Ferrari is a doctoral student in Art History at New York University. From Lugano, Switzerland, she received her MA from the University of Pennsylvania 2017. She holds a double BA in Art History and English Literature from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and a certificate in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. Her research focuses on the early European avant-garde, with special emphasis on the artistic groups working in pre-revolutionary Russia and the Weimar Republic. In particular, she studies the representation and construction of utopian ideals, considering their relation to exclusionary narratives of gender, class, and ethnicity. She has previously interned at the Museo d’Arte in Lugano, at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York, and at Sotheby’s auction house in New York City. Recently, she has collaborated to the installation of Christo’s Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy. Together with Laurel McLaughlin, she curated passages at FJORD in the spring of 2017.
Kirsten Gill co-founded the Incubation Series in 2015 with Keenan Bennett, Haely Chang, and Hilary R. Whitham, co-curating three shows at Little Berlin, Grizzly Grizzly, and Space 1026 in the series' first year: UNcommons, EchoLocation, and Please Come In. In addition to self-directed curatorial projects, Kirsten has held positions at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and has worked on exhibitions at the Arthur Ross Gallery and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. She is currently an editor and contributor at Title Magazine. Kirsten recently completed her MA in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, and she holds a double BA in Studio Art and French from Bates College. Her research interests include land, territory, and spatial politics; issues of race; and sound art, video, and performance.
Click here to have a look at the Q&A session in which Kirsten and Keenan illustrate the origins of the project at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.
Hilary R. Whitham
Hilary R. Whitham is a PhD candidate in the History of Art program at the University of Pennsylvania. Living and working in New York City for nearly a decade prior to her arrival at Penn, she served as the Director of New York's oldest cooperative artist space, Amos Eno Gallery, and as a graduate curatorial intern at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Specializing in the history of photography, European modernism, and the arts of Africa, she earned her MA from the City University of New York and her BA from Fordham University. In her free time she enjoys bicycling and spending time with her dog. Along with Haely Yoon Chang and Kirsten Gill, she co-curated the first three exhibitions of the Incubation Series: UNcommons, EchoLocation, and Please Come In.