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If you lived here, you’d be home by now

Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series

Lecture Date(s)

October 21, 2015 at 6pm

Speaker(s)

Jennifer Kabat

Moderator(s)

Simone Muscolino, Director of
Art Foundation

Language

English

Location

The Atrium at VCUarts Qatar

Acknowledgment

The Communications department
Image: Courtesy of Jennifer Kabat

In a talk exploring longing and belonging, essayist and writer Jennifer Kabat explores how language, history and art – even the birds in her backyard, inform her work on contemporary art
and culture.

Moving from the rural landscape of upstate New York to drones, technology and social media through to Greek mythology and the steel plates covering holes in New York City streets, Kabat searches for meaning in the present by opening up the gaps in history. Her essays and criticism pull equally from the contemporary art-world to the small-town community to ask questions about how we look at both.

Jennifer Kabat was recently awarded a Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her criticism and contributed to The Believer, BOMB, Frieze and Metropolis, among other publications. For Arnolfini, Bristol’s International Centre for Contemporary Arts she created an essay-as-ghost story, The Place of the Bridge, which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A recent finalist for Notting Hill Edition’s biannual essay prize, she teaches at New York University, School of Visual Arts, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

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Biography

Jennifer Kabat, 'If you lived here, you'd be home by now',©Raviv Cohen, VCUarts Qatar

Jennifer Kabat

Writer and Essayist

@jenkabat
jenniferkabat.com

Jennifer Kabat was recently awarded a Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her criticism, and contributes to The Believer, BOMB, Frieze and Metropolis, among
other publications.

For Arnolfini, Bristol’s International Centre for Contemporary Arts she created an essay-as-ghost story, The Place of the Bridge, which was nominated for a Pushcart.

She teaches at NYU, SVA and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. One of the winners of Notting Hill Editions’ biennial essay prize, she has contributed to books on artists including recently: I’m with Her: Rochelle Feinstein (Black Dog), Kate Newby: Let the Other Thing (Sternberg Press), The Record, Contemporary Art and Vinyl (Duke University Press), and in conversation with Rochelle Feinstein in the 2014 Whitney Biennial catalogue. She has chaired panels on art, AIDS and activism and lectured on Isa Genzken’s work.

She did graduate work in art history at Columbia University, was a Helena Rubenstein Fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program and has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, supported by a grant from the British government. A co-founder of the essay site The Weeklings, she is working on a book called Growing Up Modern, exploring art, architecture, war and the landscape. The January February March, her collaborative series of site-responsive writing and installations with poet Anna Moschovakis and artist Kate Newby, will be the subject of a solo show at the Poor Farm in rural Wisconsin in 2016.

Public Programming

Oct. 18, 2016― 9:30 to 5 PM

Workshop I by Jennifer Kabat with Art Foundation students

Oct. 20, 2016― 9:30 to 5 PM

Workshop II by Jennifer Kabat with Art Foundation students

Oct. 21, 2016― 6 to 7 PM

Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series:
'If you lived here, you’d be home by now' by Jennifer Kabat

Oct. 22, 2016― 10 AM to 12 PM

Workshop III by Jennifer Kabat with Art Foundation students

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