Press release: Upcoming exhibition will feature new work by Jennifer Bornstein

By | April 10, 2018

ST. LOUIS, April 10, 2018—The Saint Louis Art Museum will present work by Jennifer Bornstein in the 115th installment of the museum’s popular “Currents” series. The free exhibition will be on view in Gallery 255 from April 20 through July 15.

This exhibition is a convergence of several interconnected lines of inquiry that Bornstein has explored over the past three years. Together, the works in “Currents 115: Jennifer Bornstein” examine recent histories of technological image making and distribution in various forms; the centuries-old human compulsion to produce and consume images as a constant force in society; and the intersections and histories of politics as manifested in political movements—specifically the women’s movement.

Bornstein will discuss the exhibition and her practice at a lecture in the museum’s Farrell Auditorium at 7 pm on Friday, April 20. The lecture is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available in-person at the museum or through MetroTix, which charges a service fee of $3 per ticket.

Bornstein began her career in the early 1990s as a photographer, transitioning into the world of moving images—in particular, 16 mm film and, soon after, video. Since 2003, printmaking has become an important component of her practice. Bornstein’s print work probes the history of printmaking, provoking viewers to question the boundaries of the medium itself.

Bornstein’s prints vary in scale and process. She makes traditional intaglio etchings, which render her subjects— people, 16-millimeter projectors, and even studies for films—into linear black and white images. In addition to working in this traditional print process, Bornstein also creates rubbings that directly transpose everyday objects onto paper, and largescale relief prints that render architectural spaces onto canvas.

For “Currents 115: Jennifer Bornstein,” the artist has created a new video work that will be exhibited with a group of new works on paper. The exhibition is grounded in the architectural-relief print of an entire room of a house, printed at 1:1 scale.

Bornstein is the 2016-2017 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Fellow. Supported by the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Endowment Fund, Freund Fellowships promote the exhibition and acquisition of contemporary art at the Saint Louis Art Museum, as well as the teaching of contemporary art principles in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Each fellowship consists of two month-long residencies, during which recipients teach in the Sam Fox School and prepare an exhibition for the museum’s “Currents” series.

“Currents 115: Jennifer Bornstein” is curated by Hannah Klemm, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, with Molly Moog, research assistant, and Heather Hughes, research assistant and print study room manager.

CONTACT: Matthew Hathaway, 314.655.5493, matthew.hathaway@slam.org