Founders Story

Creating Work in Progress: 

January 2018

Pictured Lisa Wirth and Marly Hammer, Work in Progress

Work in Progress Co-Founders and Co-Curators

Lisa Wirth + Marly Hammer

Photographed at: Creative Time Annual Gala

It all started with a conversation between two colleagues and friends in the heat of the #MeToo movement, about how women (our voices and our art) should be taking up more space. And if women aren't achieving parity due to outdated power structures—it's time to flip the script and create visibility for women's work, through dynamic exhibition and multimodal programming models.


With these goals in mind—Lisa Wirth and Marly Hammer founded Work in Progress.

Award-winning interior designer and independent curator Lisa Wirth is a serial entrepreneur, having founded, operated, and led at several category disruptive 

start-ups in the cultural sector. Throughout her career, she's made culture and design accessible, democratizing access for new and diverse audiences. In her creative practice, Lisa specializes in Post War European design, and North American and European contemporary art. She is currently a startup advisor and mentor to female founders and diverse entrepreneurs in programs like NEW INC, at the New Museum. She holds BS and MS degrees in Journalism from Northwestern University.

Marly Hammer is a New York based independent curator. She received her BA in Art History at Lafayette College and MA in Exhibition + Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute. Marly has curated numerous exhibitions in New York and San Francisco that were informed by working at several galleries and corporate art collections including Tony Shafrazi, Demisch Danant, UBS, Neuberger Berman and Peter Marino Architect. Marly is currently the Global Exhibitions Director at PACE gallery.