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"The Jennifer Show: Works by 8 Artists Named Jennifer"
2002-04-20 until 2002-06-16
The common factor linking the work in The Jennifer
Show is simple. Each artist has been chosen
because she meets the basic requirement for the
exhibition - her name is Jennifer. The curator chose
Jennifer because it is her name, but which Jennifer
and what work.
The work is not selected because it
illustrates a point or elucidates a theme, and it does
not attempt to show a shared aesthetic between
artists named Jennifer. The act of coming together
under the process of art and bringing artists'
practices into the public realm are the most
significant reasons for mounting this exhibition.
The parameter of Jennifer intentionally reduces the
variables used in choosing artists for this group show
to a name, while it simultaneously avoids readings
that draw neat ties between the works. Issues of
selection, relations between works and how these
relations affect the way we engage with the
individual works, namely the curatorial process, come
to the fore. Since the works do not have to play to a
theme, other than being made by a Jennifer, they
are individually significant. Maybe what this theme
does best of all is erase itself as it privileges the
idiosyncrasies of each work and the curator's taste.
Jackson Gets Back into the Driver's Seat,
Forgets Greenberg at the Bar, 2001
acrylic on panel
courtesy Max Protech Gallery, NY