February 11, 2022

Jennie C. Jones: Jack Wolgin Visiting Artist lecture

Temple University

Jennie C. Jones. Courtesy of Alexander Gray Associates. Photo: Jason Frank Rothenberg.

The Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University is pleased to welcome Jennie C. Jones as its sixth annual Jack Wolgin Visiting Artist and Lecturer. Jones will deliver a public lecture on February 23, at 6pm ET for an in-person audience and via livestream at the Temple Performing Arts Center.

Jones’s interdisciplinary practice engages viewers visually, aurally, and physically. Classifiable as neither paintings nor sculptures, many of her works feature architectural felt and acoustic panels. By absorbing sound, these materials affect the acoustic properties of their environments and invite participation in an embodied mode of perception. Other works feature microsamples of black avant-garde sonic movements. Advocating for a holistic approach to the twentieth-century canon, Jones’ works ultimately bring to light the systemic inequalities that shape who and what is seen and heard.

“Jones’s work is both powerful and nuanced, and always mindful of the historic and social dimensions of artmaking. I’m thrilled that Tyler students across our disciplines—from art and art history to architecture and design—will have the opportunity to work side by side with such a profound thinker, maker, and educator,” said Tyler Dean Susan E. Cahan.

Jones’s latest exhibition is a one-person show at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (February 4–May 2, 2022). Her 2018 commission for the Philip-Johnson designed Glass House (1949), entitled Jennie C. Jones: RPM (revolutions per minute), encouraged visitors to consider the aural environment of the transparent pavilion, underscoring the reverberating cultural influence of minimalism.

Jones has had solo exhibitions at The Arts Club of Chicago; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; The Kitchen in New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, among others. Jones’s work has been included in countless group exhibitions, including Prospect.5: Yesterday we said tomorrow in New Orleans, and is part of many museum collections, including The Guggenheim; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Perez Art Museum; Studio Museum in Harlem; Walker Art Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.

The Temple Center for the Performing Arts is located on Temple University’s Main Campus at 1837 N. Broad St. in Philadelphia. Register to attend in person or via livestream.

Jack Wolgin Visiting Artist and Lecturer program
The Jack Wolgin Visiting Artist program is made possible by the Wolgin Endowment at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture thanks to the late civic leader Jack Wolgin. This annual program brings some of the world’s leading artists to work with Tyler students and engage with the broader community. Wolgin is best remembered for his inspiring and influential public art commissions throughout Philadelphia, including Claes Oldenburg’s Clothespin (1976), described as a singular work that most helped redefine the Philadelphia cityscape. Previous Wolgin Visiting Artists include: Judy Pfaff (2016–2017); LaToya Ruby Frazier (2017–18); Rick Lowe (2018–19); Nick Cave (2019–20); and Cecelia Vicuña (2020–21).

About the Tyler School of Art and Architecture
The Tyler School of Art and Architecture is a collaborative community of bold thinkers and makers teaching and learning art, design and the built environment disciplines at Temple University, a large, urban, public research university in Philadelphia. Tyler educates and inspires students to be active participants in society with the highest aspirations for creative and social achievement, individual expression, scholarly discovery and innovation.

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