Johan Kugelberg founded Boo-Hooray in 2010 to formalize the archival work he had started years earlier as a collector and enthusiast. He has created comprehensive collections in the fields of punk, hip hop, and counter-culture, focusing on printed works, ephemera, photography, and book arts. He teaches and hosts symposiums at Yale University, Cornell University, and Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. He has lectured at the University of Wisconsin, the Grolier Club, New York Public Library, Century Club New York, Union League Club New York, University Club New York, the Hayward Gallery in London, and the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Johan is a board member of Printed Matter, the Cornell University Library, and the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia (where he also teaches a course, “Working with Alternative Media: Documenting Counter-Culture”).
Most archives also result in an exhibition at Boo-Hooray’s gallery space in New York. In addition to Boo-Hooray, Johan has curated major exhibitions for the Hayward Gallery in London, Galleri Operatingplace in Stockholm, Colette Paris, Hysteric Glamour and United Arrows in Tokyo, New York Public Library, and Milk Gallery in New York. Johan has also served as a curator and consultant in pop culture fields for auction houses, including Christie’s (where he curated the Punk/Rock sale in 2008, the first major auction sale devoted to Punk), and Phillips De Pury.
Johan has also been writing, editing, and publishing books since 2005. In addition to forming Boo-Hooray’s publishing imprint, he started the music culture imprint Sinecure Books with Eothen “Egon” Alapatt in 2012. As author and editor, Johan’s books include Born In the Bronx (Rizzoli), The Velvet Underground: New York Art(Rizzoli), Jack Smith – Wait For Me At The Bottom of The Pool (Boo-Hooray),In All Our Decadence People Die (Boo-Hooray), Enjoy The Experience: Homemade Records 1958-1992 (Sinecure), Beauty Is In The Street: A Visual Record Of The May ’68 Paris Uprising (Four Corners), Brad Pitt’s Dog (Zero Books). Johan was awarded the ForeWord Silver Medal for Music in 2010 for The Velvet Underground – New York Art. He was nominated for the NYPL Books for the Teen Age award in 2008 for Born In The Bronx and for the London Design Museum’s 2012 Designs of the Year Awards for Beauty Is In The Street.
Johan’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times, Rolling Stone, BBC News, Vice, Pitchfork, Esquire UK, NPR, the Huffington Post, Arts & Antiques, The Guardian, Libération, Mojo,Details, Print, HUGE, Free & Easy, and Austin Chronicle.
Wesley Stokes is an archivist, artist, and writer whose work has been exhibited internationally. He was a co-editor of The Skeleton News; a writer for Stop Smiling Magazine, Punk Planet, Room 220, and Pelican Bomb; and the creator of the zine, Young Is Dumb. He was the Program Director of NP Contemporary Art Center in the Lower East Side and has programmed film series in Chicago, New Orleans, and New York. Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, he currently resides in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Katie Murphy is the operations manager of Boo - Hooray. She comes from an industrial design background and believes design works best when it is a part of our social and environmental fabric. Born and raised internationally she currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.