Jessica Duby

Jessica Duby's headshot, she has long brown hair and looks toward the camera.

M.A. Arts Politics Class of 2020

B.A. Art History

Jessica Duby is a curator, consultant, and artist focused on ecofeminism, ritual as resistance, and institutional intervention. Her practice is informed by experiences working in external affairs and cultural diplomacy at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the National Museums of Asian Art. Her style and approach are rooted in phenomenology, embodiment, and spatial poetics. She graduated in May 2020 with a master’s in Arts Politics from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and has a bachelor’s degree in Art History.

What drew you to the M.A. in Arts Politics?

I found myself curating community-based activist pop-up shows in DC on the side of a demanding career in the museum world because I became increasingly frustrated with and disappointed by the way museums say they are neutral and/or apolitical.  I also very much needed to shift to an environment that allowed me to transgress lines between disciplines, and to dive more fully into a creative life. I had a lot of trouble with this idea that tends to run around, which is that you have to stick to being one thing—an artist or a curator or an arts administrator, to be respected or taken seriously in any one area. APP encourages students to contain multitudes—even paradoxes, and obviously follows the ethos that all art is political. I also really appreciated the balance between theory and practice the program offers, and the way each course allowed for embodied subjectivity through dialogue, analysis, and creative application