failed projects is the idiosyncratic cultural production of Jacqueline Mabey. 

Mabey’s work is shaped both by ten years of post-secondary education in art history and cultural studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, McGill University, and The University of British Columbia, and her multifarious professional experience in commercial galleries and curatorial, public programs, archives, and editorial departments. Her practice is rooted in praxis: she endeavors to create exhibitions, situations, and words that draw out the complexities and complicities of digital materiality.

Recent, forthcoming, and ongoing projects include: Art+Feminism, a campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia; Utopia is No Place, Utopia Is Process, a platform for critical feminist pedagogy at Usdan Gallery, Bennington College; Carnival of Sorts, an exhibition of work by Jennifer Chan, Adrienne Crossman and Lorna Mills at G Gallery, Toronto; The Only Song About Here Is About Leaving; Or, The Sea Is Lawless, a publication on the trope of nature in Canadian art; and music is my mother, a lecture on fan culture as a model for feminism.  She was included in Foreign Policy magazine’s list of 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014, called a “Badass Woman” by Buzzfeed, and expressed her feelings on cake and Jeff Koons in Artnews.

Mabey works independently under the honorific, failed projects. She lives with a small dog next to a large park in Brooklyn. Click here to email her.

shows & talks

Utopia is No Place, Utopia is Process, Usdan Gallery, Bennington College

Panelist, The Art of Subversion: Tackling Gender Inequality in the Arts, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA

Keynote talk with Siân Evans and Michael Mandiberg, Why Talk About Gender?, Columbia University’s Teachers College, New York

2016 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, MoMA, New York

Talk, Cornel University, Ithaca

Keep Abortion Legal conversation, Printed Matter, New York

Talk and workshop, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

WikiConference USA 2015, talk with Michael Mandiberg, Washington, DC

She/Folk panel, moderator, New York

Art+Feminism in collaboration with The Fainting Club, New York

Collaborative Discussion and GIF-Making Workshop, G Gallery and Inter/Access, Toronto

Carnival of Sorts, G Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Revising Revisionism, Brooklyn Museum, collaboration with Siân Evans

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, MoMA, New York, with over 75 satellite events around the world and online

Feminist Urgent Round Table: Women’s Voices in the Media, Bruce High Quality Foundation University, New York City

Art+Feminism | Train the Trainers, CUNY Graduate Center, New York City

Miss World, PARMER, Brooklyn

All My Little Words, PARMER, Brooklyn, collaboration with Conversations With Women

WikiConference USA, New York City, collaboration with Sian Evans and  Michael Mandiberg

ARLiS 2014, Washington, DC, collaboration with Sian Evans

2014 Annual Grad Student Symposium, York University, Toronto

CAA 2014 THATCamp workshop, Chicago, collaboration with Amy Ballmer, Melanie Emerson, Sian Evans and Michael Mandiberg

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, Eyebeam, NYC + multiple locations, collaboration with Sian Evans, Dorothy Howard, Richard Knipel, Michael Mandiberg and Laurel Ptak