Hyewon Yi, Ph.D., is Director and Curator of the Amelie A. Wallace Gallery at the SUNY College at Old Westbury. Since 2006, she has curated exhibitions there showcasing both emerging and mid-career contemporary U.S. and international artists who work in a wide range of media, and serving students of the Visual Arts Department as well as the larger student body of the university and the greater New York City region. As an independent curator, she has mounted exhibitions at institutions such as White Box, Dean Project, and Gana Art in New York, the Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, and the Brain Factory in Seoul.
Since 2007, Yi has also served as a curator and consultant for the AHL Foundation, a not-for-profit organization in New York that supports the careers of new talent in contemporary art. She was a contributing writer for Public Art, a monthly art magazine in Korea, and for TAP Review, Trans-Asia Photography Review, an academic online journal. Her curatorial work has been reviewed in New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, Art in America, Brooklyn Rail, ArtCritical.Com, Newsday, Times Ledger, Queens Tribune, and Korea Times.
Yi has taught several art history courses at SUNY College at Old Westbury, including History of Photography, Warhol to the Present, New Media Art, Nineteenth Century European Art, and Twentieth Century Art History. Her chief research interests lie in contemporary art, the history of photography, and curatorial practices. Yi’s doctoral dissertation, “Photographer as Participant Observer: Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Richard Billingham, and Nobuyoshi Araki” analyzes four major living proponents of the “quasi” or “gonzo”- documentary photographic and filmic method. It examines the shift toward a subjectivized or autobiographical photography, which can be seen as a trans-cultural and trans-national phenomenon.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Yi holds a B.F.A. in painting from Duk Sung Women’s University in Seoul (graduated with highest honor), an M.A. in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Art History from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is a recipient of a Study Abroad Scholarship from her Korean alma mater and a dissertation fellowship from the Leon Levy Center for Biography at CUNY.