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CraftPerspectives Lecture: Jenni Sorkin

Mar 15 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Free and open to the public.


In conjunction with Generations: Betty Feves, art historian Jenni Sorkin explores Betty Feves’ career against the backdrop of mid-century modernity and her involvement in the Ceramic Nationals, a groundbreaking exhibition series which ran from 1932-75 at the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts (now Everson Museum of Art), New York.

In her work, Dr. Sorkin examines the confluence of gender and material culture within modern and contemporary art history, theory and criticism. She is currently completing a book manuscript, Live Form: Craft as Participation, which examines the legacy of Black Mountain College, craft pedagogy, and the history of ceramics from 1952 to 1975. Her writing has appeared in the New Art Examiner, Art Journal, Art Monthly, NU: The Nordic Art Review, Frieze, The Journal of Modern Craft, Modern Painters, and Third Text. She has written numerous catalog essays on feminist art and material culture topics and has lectured at Cal Arts, Cornell University, Dia Beacon, Ohio University, the School of Visual Arts, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, the Textile Museum of Canada, and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. In 2010, Dr. Sorkin co-organized “Blind Spots/Puntos Ciegos: Feminisms, Cinema, and Performance,” for the eighth edition of SITAC (the International Symposium of Contemporary Art Theory), held in Mexico City. She has been awarded fellowships from the ACLS/Luce Foundation and the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Sorkin is the recipient of the 2004 Art Journal Award, given by the College Art Association.

Jenni Sorkin received her Ph.D from Yale in 2010 and holds a MA from The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History and Critical Studies at the University of Houston.