During my third year in the History of Art graduate program, I received the NEH Curatorial Fellowship to support my work on two exhibitions, one at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Philadelphia and one at Bryn Mawr College. During the summer of 2009, I worked with ICA curator Jenelle Porter on Dance with Camera, which opened in September 2009. This exhibition brought together works of film, video, and photography that use dance as a means of exploring and extending the possibilities of capturing movement on camera. One of the featured works in the exhibition, Bruce Conner’s 1966 film BREAKAWAY, was the subject of my Master’s thesis, one reason I was initially drawn to the project. In my capacity as intern, I did in-depth research for the exhibition catalogue, compiled an extensive bibliography, worked with galleries and archives to collect images for the catalogue, and wrote promotional text for the exhibition programming, among other tasks.
For the second phase of my fellowship, I assisted Bryn Mawr’s curator Emily Croll in organizing an exhibition of works by the important American artist Red Grooms. This exhibition was entitled Old Masters and Modern Muses: Red Grooms's Portraits of Artists, and opened at Bryn Mawr College’s Canaday Library in March 2010. In conjunction with the exhibition, I helped organize a screening of Grooms’s early films at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, which involved working closely with Grooms, the Film-Makers’ Cooperative, and a New York post-production lab to have the films transferred from 16mm to DVD. My essay "Celluloid Circus: Three 'Ruckus' Films by Red Grooms," appears in the Old Masters and Modern Muses exhibition catalogue.