MARY JANE JACOB is a curator who holds the position of Professor and Executive Director of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago [SAIC]. As chief curator of the Museums of Contemporary Art in Chicago and Los Angeles, she staged some of the first U.S. shows of American and European artists. Then shifting her workplace from the museum to the street, she critically engaged the discourse around public space with such landmark site-specific and community-based programs as “Culture in Action” in Chicago, and “Conversations at The Castle” during the Atlanta Olympics, and “Places with a Past” for the Spoleto Festival USA-which launched two decades of public engagement in Charleston, South Carolina. More recently her programs have led to co-edited anthologies: Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art, Learning Mind: Experience into Art, The Studio Reader: On the Space of Artists, and Chicago Makes Modern: How Creative Minds Changed Society.

Mary Jane Jacob has been awarded a landmark Curatorial Research Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation. [READ]the press release.

[PURCHASE] Chicago Makes Modern: How Creative Minds Changed Society
[READ] a recent interview with Mary Jane conducted by Never the Same.
[READ] Art 21: Caroline Picard, “The Energetic Persistence if Water: An Interview with Mary Jane Jacob”
[HEAR] an interview with Mary Jane for the Bad At Sports podcast.


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