Working Title

– is an art historian-led initiative at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago that connects emerging artists and art historians through a series of talks, roundtable discussions, exhibitions, and other events. Working Title was started and run by Jessica Zi Chen and Paula Lopez.

About the Participants:

Cecilia Klimon

Cecilia Klimon (MA Art History ‘24; She/Her) is an art historian from northern Virginia and holds a B.A. in Art History from George Mason University. Cecilia’s interest in queering the art historical canon has led to a focus on artists and art collectives who identify within the LGBTQ+ community. Cecilia’s research applies queer and trans theory, anthropological studies on kinship, feminist theory, and studies on collective behavior and social movements to explore artistic expressions as protest within the sphere of LGBTQ+ activism.

Jessica Zi Chen

Jessica Zi Chen (MA Art History ’24; She/Her) is an art historian and independent curator from Changzhou, China, and currently works and lives in Chicago. Seeking a critical symbiosis of humans and non-humans in the state of anthropocene, Jessica integrates her interest in nature, ecofeminism, indigenous theory, and archipelago methodologies into her curatorial and theoretical work. She holds a B.A. in History of Art and Architecture from Boston University.

Paula Lopez

Paula Lopez (MA Art History ’24; She/They) is an art historian and museum educator. She obtained a BA in Philosophy and a BA in History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2018). Paula’s research applies indigenous studies, cultural studies, and performance theory to explore how Mexican contemporary artists respond to the legacies and history of post-colonial Mexico in cultural and artistic institutions, with particular attention to tourism and museums.