J. Cabelle Ahn is an independent art historian and PhD candidate in History of Art & Architecture at Harvard University where she specializes in eighteenth-century French drawings and prints. Her dissertation is titled "Multiple Exposures: Drawing Exhibitions in Eighteenth-century France," and it is the first comprehensive history of drawing displays from late seventeenth-century Florence to early nineteenth-century Paris. The project uncovers physical and intellectual spaces for drawings during this time to trace how the exponential increase in the number of drawing exhibitions impacted the art market, public taste, and contributed to technological advancements in Enlightenment Europe.
Her interest in French art and Old Master drawings began during her gap year in Paris in 2007. She majored in Art History at Wellesley College ('12) and holds MA degrees from the Courtauld Institute of Art ('13) and the Bard Graduate Center ('15). Her additional fields of specialization include oenology, new media art, and the history of the art market.
She is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.