Jesse McKee is the Head of Strategy at 221A, Vancouver, where he leads the programming and aligns the organization’s work with a strategic plan that develops and sustains self-organized infrastructures. Previously, he was the Curator of Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre and the Exhibitions Curator, Western Front, Vancouver. Independently, he curated Stopping the Sun in its Course, which looked at contemporary depictions of the grotesque at François Ghebaly Gallery in Los Angeles in 2015 and he was the co-curator of Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures, the inaugural edition of a civic triennial at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2017. As a curatorial resident, he has worked with Things that can happen, Hong Kong and, Romania. McKee served as a juror for the 2013 Sobey Art Award and was a member of the Canada Council for the Art’s Asia Pacific Delegation. He has written essays and reviews for Canadian Art, C Magazine, Fillip, Border Crossings, Kaleidoscope and Cura. A forthcoming catalogue essay, Surreal Ghosts and Neuroplastic Ancestors, focuses on Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson’s filmmaking, published by the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia and Institute for Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.


Last updated: August 2017