Wolgin Visiting Artist: Jennie C. Jones

Jennie C. Jones, the 2022 Wolgin Visiting Artist. Photo: Jason Frank Rothenberg, courtesy of Alexander Gray Associates

The Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University is pleased to welcome Jennie C. Jones as its sixth Wolgin Visiting Artist and Lecturer. Jones will deliver a public lecture on February 23, at 6:00 p.m. 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), the aural environment of the transparent pavilion, underscoring the reverberating cultural encouraged visitors to consider 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.

Register to attend in person or via livestream.

The Temple Center for the Performing Arts is located on Temple University’s Main Campus at 1837 N. Broad St. in Philadelphia.