The Rose Art Museum is pleased to name Jennie C. Jones as the recipient of the 2017 Ruth Ann and Nathan Perlmutter Artist-in-Residence Award. Drawing connections between art and music, the Brooklyn-based artist creates visual and sound abstractions that explore intersections between cultural and social histories. Through her work, Jones highlights the complex and often parallel legacies of the mid-20th century—from abstraction, Minimalism, and avant-garde jazz to the era’s seminal political and social shifts—revealing the unlikely alliances that emerge between the visual arts and music of the 1950s and ’60s. Jones describes her approach as “listening as a conceptual practice.”
Jones will give a talk about her work and her planned residency project at Brandeis University on March 22 at 5:30pm. For her Perlmutter residency, Jones will create new work in response to the rich cultural history of the Rose Art Museum and of Brandeis, engaging the university community in the creation of a score inspired by Louise Nevelson’s 1967 retrospective exhibition at the Rose. On April 29, this score will be interpreted and performed by Brandeis student and faculty musicians, who will present it in the Rose galleries during the campus-wide Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts.
About the Perlmutter Award
The Ruth Ann and Nathan Perlmutter Artist-in-Residence Award is part of the Rose’s longstanding tradition of promoting young artists. Given in recognition of an emerging artist’s achievement, the Perlmutter Award supports a yearly residency program on campus, allowing Brandeis University students to work closely with artists of great acclaim. Honorees include Roxy Paine (2002), Barry McGee (2004), Xavier Veilhan (2005), Dana Schutz (2006), Clare Rojas (2007), Alexis Rockman (2008), Michael Dowling (2009-10), Sam Jury (2011), Dor Guez (2012), Mika Rottenberg (2013-2014), Mary Weatherford (2015), and JJ PEET (2016).
About Jennie C. Jones
Jennie C. Jones was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1968, and currently lives and in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts where she received her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1996. Prior to that she attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1991. A Resident Faculty Artist at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2014, she is a Faculty Critic in the MFA Sculpture Department at Yale University. Among her numerous awards, Jones is the 2016 recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Award presented by the Foundation for Contemporary Art.
Jones’ work has been exhibited at major national and international art institutions including solo presentations at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (2009); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco (2011); The Kitchen in New York (2011); and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2013). Compilation, a ten-year survey exhibition of her work curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, was on view at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2016), with an accompanying book published by Gregory R. Miller with essays by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Hilton Als, and George E. Lewis, along with a conversation between Jones and Huey Copeland. Jones’ work will be featured in several upcoming exhibitions, including Gray Matters: Art en Grisaille at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio (May 20–July 30, 2017), and Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri (June 8–September 17, 2017) and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. (October 13, 2017–January 2018).
About the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University
Founded in 1961, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University is among the nation’s premier university museums dedicated to 20th and 21st century art. A center of cultural and intellectual life on campus, the museum serves as a living textbook for object-based learning, a home and resource for artists, and a catalyst for artistic expression, scholarly innovation, and the production of new knowledge through art. With its international collections, changing exhibitions, and diverse public programs, the Rose affirms and advances the values of freedom of expression, academic excellence, global diversity, and social justice that are the hallmarks of Brandeis University.
Located on Brandeis University’s campus at 415 South Street, Waltham, MA, the museum is free and open to the public.
For more information on the Rose’s exhibitions and programs, please visit the museum’s website.
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