Jenni Sorkin

Jenni Sorkin
Associate Professor

Office Hours

Summer 2018: None

Office Location

Arts 1230

Specialization

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.

Education

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

Bio

Jenni Sorkin writes on the intersections between gender, material culture, and contemporary art. Her current book project, Skin, Grid, Sin: Cloth at the Body’s Margins, examines contemporary textile-based sculpture and installation during the 1980s and 1990s. Her first book, Live Form: Women, Ceramics and Community (University of Chicago Press, 2016) examined the confluence of gender, artistic labor, and the history of post-war ceramics. Recent projects include the essay “Affinities in Abstraction: Textiles and Otherness in 1970s Painting,” in Outliers and American Vanguard Art. Lynne Cooke, ed. (Washington D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 2018) and “Alterity Rocks: 1973-1993,” Art in Chicago: A History from the Fire to Now. Maggie Taft and Robert Cozzolino, eds. (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2018). She has published widely as an art critic, and her writing has appeared in Artforum, 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 currently serves on the editorial board of Journal of Modern Craft, and has served as a member of the editorial boards of Art Journal and Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture. 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).

Sorkin has been an invited lecturer at numerous museums including the ASU Art Museum, Tempe, Dia Beacon; ICA, Philadelphia, Contemporary Art Museum, Menil Collection, and MFA, Houston; MAD and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; Newcomb Museum, Tulane University; and the Yale Center for British Art. She has been a visiting critic at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Colorado State University, Michigan State University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Oregon, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, Southern Methodist University, and the Yale School of Art.

Publications

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.

Courses

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