THE BLACK ART INCUBATOR
About the Organizers
Taylor Renee Aldridge received her M.L.A from Harvard University in Museum Studies and her B.A from Howard University in Art History and Business Administration. Aldridge has worked at the The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art (Harvard University) and has been awarded the Goldman Sachs Junior Fellowship at The National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institutions). Aldridge’s interests lie at the intersection of cultural representation, arts, and policy. In 2015, she co-founded ARTS.BLACK, an online publication for art criticism from black perspectives predicated on the belief that art criticism should be an accessible dialogue—a tool through which we question, celebrate, and talk back to the global world of contemporary art. Aldridge is currently working as an arts administrator and writer in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan.
Jessica Bell Brown is an art historian and writer based in New York. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton. Her project revisits Sam Gilliam, Joe Overstreet, and the painterly object in the post-civil rights decade. Bell Brown holds a B.A. in art history from Northwestern University. She is a Teach for America alumna and has worked in various programming and curatorial capacities at cultural institutions in New York City including Creative Time and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She has published critical essays on contemporary artists, including Senga Nengudi, Ed Clark, Eric Mack, and Wilmer Wilson, among others. In 2016-2017 she will serve as a Mellon Research Consortium Fellow in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art.
Kimberly Drew (a.k.a. @museummammy) received her B.A. from Smith College in Art History and African-American Studies, with a concentration in Museum Studies. An avid lover of black culture and art, Drew first experienced the art world as an intern in the Director’s Office of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her time at the Studio Museum inspired her to start the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, sparking her interest in social media. Since starting her blog, Drew has worked for Hyperallergic, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Lehmann Maupin. She has delivered lectures and participated in panel discussions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Performa Biennial, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art Basel, the Brooklyn Museum, and elsewhere. Drew is currently the Associate Online Community Producer at The Met.
Jessica Lynne is a Brooklyn-based art critic. She received her BA in Africana Studies from NYU and has been awarded residencies and fellowships from Art21 and The Cue Foundation, Callaloo, and The Center for Book Arts. Lynne contributes to publications such as Art in America, The Art Newspaper, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, and Pelican Bomb. She is co-editor of ARTS.BLACK—a journal of art criticism from black perspectives—and a founding editor of the now-defunct (but still special) Zora Magazine. Find her on Twitter and Instagram at @lynne_bias.