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
Keep Abortion Legal conversation, Printed Matter, New York
Talk and workshop, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
She/Folk panel, moderator, 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
2014 Annual Grad Student Symposium, York University, Toronto
text & consulting
“Art+Feminism Events on International Women’s Day,” Wikimedia.org blog, with Sian Evans, Dorothy Howard, and Michael Mandiberg
The Only Song About Here Is About Leaving; Or, The Sea Is Lawless, Wild Bush Residency
Lady Economist, Social Media Consultant
I WUD PREFER NOT 2, York University conference presentation
Station to Station, Social Media Producer
New York Arts Practicum, Social Media Consultant