Jenni Sorkin

Jenni Sorkin
Associate Professor

Office Hours

Spring 2018: Tuesday, 3:00 - 5:00

Office Location

Arts 1230


Contemporary art; material culture, craft, and design; gender and artistic labor; art criticism; feminist historiographies and theory; alternative spaces; art school pedagogies; global exhibition practice and history; queer culture and theory.


B.F.A. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
M.A. The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College
Ph.D. Yale University


Jenni Sorkin writes on the intersection between gender, material culture, and contemporary art. Her new book, Live Form: Women, Ceramics and Community (University of Chicago Press) was published in July of 2016. This project examines the confluence of gender, artistic labor, and the history of post-war ceramics. She has published widely as an art critic, and her writing has appeared in the New Art Examiner, Art Journal, Art Monthly, East of Borneo, NU: The Nordic Art Review, Frieze, The Journal of Modern Craft, Modern Painters and Third Text. In 2004, she received the Art Journal Award. She has written numerous in-depth catalog essays on feminist art and material culture topics. She has been an invited lecturer at museums including Bellevue Art Museum, Dia Beacon, the ICA, Philadelphia, Menil Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery. She has been a visiting critic at Cranbrook Academy of Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Illinois, Chicago, University of Wisconsin, Madison and the Yale School of Art. She sits on the Editorial Board of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture and was a member of the Editorial Board of Art Journal from 2010-14. She is the recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (2014-15), the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design (2012), the Getty Research Institute (2010-11), and the ACLS/Luce Fellowship in American Art (2008).


Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Staging Form: Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Master Metalsmith. Memphis: Metal Museum, 2014. Published in conjunction with the exhibition "Master Metalsmith 2014: Myra Mimlitsch-Gray," shown at the National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN.Jenni Sorkin, Judy Chicago: Minimalism, 1965-1973, Santa Fe, NM: LewAllen Contemporary, 2004. Published in conjection with the exhibition of the same name, shown in LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM.

Meg Linton, Sue Maberry, Elizabeth Pulsinelli, eds., Doin' It in Public: Art and Feminism at the Woman’s Building. Los Angeles: Otis College of Art and Design, 2011. Published in conjunction with the exhibition "Doin' It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building," shown in the Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA.Paul Schimmel and Jenni Sorkin, eds., Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 – 2016.  Milan: Skira; [New York]: Hauser & Wirth, 2016. Publication to accompany the exhibition held at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Los Angeles, CA, March 13 - September 4, 2016.Jenni Sorkin, Live Form: Women, Ceramics, and Community, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.


Undergraduate Courses

119B   Contemporary Art History
120AA   Contemporary Material Culture
120AA   Art in California, 1928-2016
120BB   Global Art After 1980

Graduate Seminars

2016-2017   Contemporary Art Criticism
2015-2016   Black Mountain College: The Legacy of Training American Artists
2014-2015   Biography
2013-2014   Contemporary Art Criticism