Chelsea Adewunmi

Chelsea Adewunmi is a doctorial student in Englsh Literature at Princeton University, focusing on African American literature, performance studies, and visual culture. She received an M.A. in Performance Studies at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (2008), and her B.A. in English at Vassar College. Her scholarly writing has been published in Reading Contemporary Performance (Routledge, 2015), and she is a member of the editorial collective of the academic journal Women and Performance. She has taught as a lecturer at Princeton University and Rutgers University, and spoken internationally on women, performance, and the arts at the University of Sussex and the Royal Irish Academy. In addition to her academic work, she has worked as a dramaturg for visual artist/choreographer Jill Sigman, and as a performer for the Performa Biennial’s restaging of Allan Kaprow’s 18 Happenings in 6 Parts, which won the AICA (International Association of Art Critics) Award for Best Performance under the direction and curation of Andre Lepecki. Most recently, she has applied her love for art, culture, and African American studies to the role of Associate Producer for a forthcoming documentary film on African American art. She will be speaking on art and club culture at the Smithsonian’s Hirschhorn Museum in May of 2019.

This summer, as the Lila Harnett ArtTable Diversity Fellow at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, Chelsea will be working with the curatorial staff iassisting with the research, writing, and organization of the upcoming Lorraine O’Grady retrospective to be presented in early 2020.

Alicia Valencia

Alicia Valencia is graduating this spring 2019 from Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), with an MDes in Art, Design, and the Public Domain. She completed her undergraduate education as a Brown | RISD Dual Degree student, earning a Sc.B in Psychology from Brown University and a BFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Previous museum experience includes work as an Early Childhood Interpretation Intern for the Boston Museum of Science; as an Exhibit Design Intern at the Providence Children’s Museum; and as an Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Intern for the Decorative Arts and Design Department at the RISD Museum. The combination of her academic and studio-based interests informs Alicia’s current practice in researching and designing public interventions, such as playgrounds or informal multigenerational educational spaces, that support mental health for marginalized low-income youth and elderly populations. Alicia’s studies have centered on exploring designs for potential human conditions, and in her current practice, she investigates contemporary and future therapeutic intervention strategies for memory-care nursing homes that cater to dementia.

This summer, as the Catherine Hannah Behrend ArtTable Diversity Fellow at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Alicia will be working with Greg Stuart, Museum Educator, Adult Learning, Emily Schreiner, The Zoë and Dean Pappas Curator of Education, Public Programs,and Jenni Drozdek, Assistant Director for Interpretation to plan and prepare a series of public programs with interactive learning components for Beyond the Horizon: Designs for Different Futures (Fall 2019), an exhibition that will showcase artists, architects, and designers at the vanguard of thinking about our individual and collective human futures.

Maríá Beatriz Haro-Carrión

Maríá Beatriz Haro-Carrión is a doctoral student in Art History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century art of the Americas. Her research interests include the intersection of race, politics, and landscape, as well as issues of archivability, film, and photography. She holds an M.A. in Art History from Tulane University and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Her writing has appeared in Hemispheres: Visual Art of the Americas, Artelogie, and Athanor.

This summer, as the Elaine Goldman ArtTable Diversity Fellow at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, Maria will work with Joel Smith, The Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, and the department’s Edith Gowin Curatorial Fellow to conduct research for a forthcoming collection-based exhibition that will focus on specific stages and facets of the creative process in photography

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