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 the grassroots non-profit 8-Ball Community.
Most archives that Boo-Hooray work on result in exhibition staged by Boo-Hooray. In addition to his work at 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, White Columns 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), Sothebys and Phillips De Pury.
Johan has also been writing, editing, and publishing books since 2005. 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.
Most recently Boo-Hooray has formed a partnership with Anthology Editions to uncover and fashion cultural narratives as books, music collections, online experiences, and exhibitions.
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.
Daylon Orr is Executive Director and Rare Book Specialist for Boo-Hooray. He is an archivist and rare bookseller with an interest in progressive publishing and radical media - particularly the detritus of anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist social movements. Born in Tucson, Arizona and raised in Brooklyn, he graduated from Hunter College in 2016 with a Bachelors' diploma in Postcolonial Literature and Critical Theory. As a teenager, he founded and produced a podcast about policing and prisons and organized in his community around racist NYPD practices such as "Stop & Frisk." Daylon's work continues to focus on the carceral state and systems of oppression.
Evan Neuhausen is Archivist & Rare Book Cataloger at Boo-Hooray. He is a researcher, translator, and writer. He edits New Skins, a blog dedicated to publishing translations of temporally diverse documents produced by radical political and cultural movements from Latin America. His writing about autonomous struggles and politics in Mexico has appeared in NACLA, The Mexican Cities Initiative, and other publications; his criticism has been published in The Poetry Project Newsletter. He is currently co-translating a book length critique of the peace accords between the Marxist-Leninist armed guerrilla organization FARC and the Colombian government, authored by the Bogotá anarchist collective Colectivo Contrainformativo Subversión.
Sebas Alarcon (she/they pronouns) is a Cataloger at Boo-Hooray. She is a filmmaker, writer, researcher, and theater artist from Ecuador who lives in Brooklyn. She is the company manager of Minor Theater, an experimental theater company based in New York. Sebas is also a founding member of a Brooklyn “film share,” a resource for mostly free collaboration in film. The group's short film Closer has screened in both New York and Chicago.
Nora Landes is Associate Cataloger at Boo-Hooray. She is an arts & culture writer, researcher, and communications strategist. She has worked at art museums in the United States and Italy. Her art writing and communications clients have included the New Museum, Artsy, the Queens Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, and labor unions representing workers in the arts and entertainment industries. Nora is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Art History at CUNY Hunter College with a focus on early-20th century Italian architecture.