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).
119B Contemporary Art History
120AA Contemporary Material Culture
120AA Art in California, 1928-2016
120BB Global Art After 1980
2016-2017 Contemporary Art Criticism
2015-2016 Black Mountain College: The Legacy of Training American Artists
2013-2014 Contemporary Art Criticism