Graduate Fine Arts

2018 PennMFA Thesis Exhibition in Philadelphia

Thesis Exhibition

The PennMFA 2018 Thesis Exhibition, Bild—Build was curated by Alex Klein, Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE’60) Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art.


Thursday, May 10, 2018 —Saturday, May 26, 2018
Icebox Project Space
1400 N. American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Opening Reception:
Thursday, May 10, 6-9:00pm.


Lauren Altman
Danièle Dennis
Junyuan Feng
Erlin Geffrard
Adrienne Hall
Jiayi Liu
Jiaqi Pan
Zoya Siddiqui
James Allister Sprang
Heryk Tomassini
Kasey Toomey
Monika Uchiyama
Eric Yue

About the Curator

Alex Klein is the Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE’60) Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Recent exhibitions at ICA include Suki Seokyeong Kang: Black Mat Oriole (2018) co-curated with Kate Kraczon; Broadcasting: EAI at ICA (2018) co-organized with Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI); Nathalie Du Pasquier’s first museum survey BIG OBJECTS NOT ALWAYS SILENT (2017) co-organized with the Kunsthalle Vienna; Myths of the Marble (2017) co-organized with the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Norway; Barbara Kasten: Stages  (2015), the first major survey of the artist’s work, and Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson: Consider the Belvedere  (2015). From 2013 to 2015 she served as an agent in the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hillman Photography Initiative where she co-curated the exhibition Antoine Catala: Distant Feel  (2015, with Tina Kukielski) and co-edited the publication Shannon Ebner: Auto Body Collision (CMOA, 2015). She has lectured widely and her writing has been published in numerous collections, including Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good (MIT Press, 2016), The Human Snapshot (Sternberg Press/ CCS Bard, 2013), How Soon Is Now?  (LUMA, 2012), and the critical volume on photography Words Without Pictures (LACMA/Aperture, 2010), which she also edited. Before joining the ICA in 2011 she held positions in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Roski School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In addition to her curatorial work, she is an exhibiting artist and the co-founder, with designer Mark Owens, of the editorial project and publishing imprint Oslo Editions.