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This conversation featuring artist Jennie C. Jones and Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Curator at the New Museum, was hosted in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America’. This conversation series highlights the practices of artists participating in the exhibition.

Jennie C. Jones (b. 1968, Cincinnati, Ohio) lives and works in Hudson, New York. Her work considers the relationship between music, histories of modernism, and Blackness. She consistently engages the possibilities of sound through various media, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, and audio collage. In Score for Sustained Blackness Set 3 (2016), currently on view in “Grief and Grievance,” Jones created reimagined musical compositions with abstract formal structures, raising pertinent questions about duration, persistence, and resonance, both aesthetically and politically in America today.

She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1991 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts in 1996 from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Among her numerous awards, Jones is the recipient of the 2016 Robert Rauschenberg Award presented by the Foundation for Contemporary Art, a Joan Mitchell Award in 2013, and The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Joyce Alexander Wein Prize in 2012.

Jones’s work has been exhibited at major national and international art institutions including solo presentations at Prospect 5 (upcoming), New Orleans, LA (2021); Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2020); Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA (2020); Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, CT (2018); Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (2015); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2013); and The Kitchen, New York, NY (2011), among many others. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Institute’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and many others.

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