Hong starts in January in the lead-up to the opening of the renovated and expanded museum.
Most recently, Hong was assistant curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, where she organized exhibitions including Arthur Jafa: Love Is the Message, the Message Is Death (2018), and the ICA's presentation of We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 (2018). Prior to working at the ICA, she was part of the inaugural team of the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art that launched the renovated Harvard Art Museums by architect Renzo Piano. Hong was previously based in New York and held curatorial positions at Independent Curators International (ICI), SculptureCenter, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
She has written editorial pieces for BOMB Magazine, ICA/Boston, and SculptureCenter publications, among other publications. Additionally, she served as ICI's external evaluator for all curatorial programs, as visiting critic for Residency Unlimited (NY), and as a juror on numerous panels and fellowship programs. Hong received her M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and her B.A. in art history from Barnard College, Columbia University.
"The Hood Museum of Art is pleased to welcome Jessica Hong to our team," says John Stomberg, the Hood's Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director. "She approaches her curatorial practice with intelligence, curiosity, experience, and creativity. Her appointment allows the museum to increase its efforts in collecting and exhibiting global contemporary art, and she will make many great contributions in the context of Dartmouth, a college long dedicated to teaching and learning with international art from all eras.
"The search for this position was global and thorough. We attracted a pool of exceptional candidates whose work represents the wide range of scholarship shaping the field today. Jessica's ideas and aspirations, her work ethic and record, make her the clear choice for the future of the Hood in particular, and, by extension, for Dartmouth."
Hong says, "I am honored to be joining the Hood at this exciting time in the museum's long history. I have greatly admired the Hood as a premier teaching museum, with its forward-thinking programming, robust and vast collection, advanced research and scholarship, and dedication to cultivating intimate encounters with a diverse range of artistic and cultural dialogues. With the Hood's reopening, I am eager to be part of the museum's dynamic and insightful team, engaging with students, faculty, and the broader Dartmouth community while building connections with the world at large in this newly created role."