JENNY KENDLER ARTIST & ACTIVIST


Above: Music for Elephants at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago — immersed in the cyan light of Diana Thater's installation.

JENNY KENDLER (American, Born 1980) is an interdisciplinary artist, environmental activist, naturalist & wild forager whose work has been exhibited nationally & internationally over the past decade in more than 60 solo and group exhibitions. Her practice seeks to complicate the space between 'nature' and 'culture,' in order to re-enchant human beings' relationship with the natural world. She asks us to reexamine the idea of nature as something outside ourselves, making space to welcome the radical, transformative otherness of life on our bio-diverse Earth. She is currently the first Artist-in-Residence with Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), one of the largest & most effective environmental nonprofits, and is based in Chicago & elsewhere. Read more...

CURRENT & UPCOMING

Nov 1st & 12th, 2016
Music for Elephants • Special Project for MCA Chicago • Curated by Ann Meisinger • Chicago
The museum is free during the Nov. 1st, performance 6-7pm and free for families on Nov. 12th from 11am–3pm

July 24 – Extended through Jan 8, 2016 • Public Sound Installation
A Confounding Mimicry • Collaboration with husband Brian Kirkbride • in partnership with Experimental Sound Studio for their Florasonic series • Lincoln Park Conservatory • Chicago

Nov 2016 – 2017 • Public Project
Sculpture--->Garden • Biodegradable sculptures installed throughout the coming year at various natural parkland sites on the Chicago lakeshore • Chicago Parks District

Opened July, 2016 • Public Commission
See the Forest (For the Trees) • Semi-permanent sculptural garden at the Knoch Knolls Platinum LEED Nature Center • Chicagoland

Sept 23 – Dec 16, 2016 • Group Exhibition
Pegasus & Mermaids • The Poetry Foundation • Curated by Fred Sasaki • Chicago

Opened Oct 2017 • Public Project
Permanent Commission for Philidelphia's Fairmount Park • Curated by Abigail Satinsky • Philadelphia

Opened Nov 3 – • Group Exhibition
INTERSECTIONALITY • O'Connor Art Gallery at Dominican University • Curated by Andrew Reyes-Burkholder

Aug 2016 – 2017 • Group Exhibition & Publication
The Great Poor Farm Experiment VIII: Poor & Needy • The Poor Farm • Curated by Lise Haller Baggesen Ross & Yvette Brackman • Little Wolf, WI & Denmark (in 2017)

2015 – 2017 • Interactive Public Commission
Commissioned by the Pacific Foundation to raise awareness about threatened tropical dry forest ecosystems • Nosara, Costa Rica

Additional Upcoming in 2016 & 2017
• Work at Lost Arts' exhibit at Hong Kong Design Week
• Speaking Engagement • Wexner Center for the Arts
A Transhuman Public • Hyde Park Art Center • Curated by Caroline Picard

SELECTED MEDIA FEATURES

+ Mashable's front-page Earth Day story : How one activist combines impactful art and advocacy to save the Earth
+ Chicago Tribune : Fall Arts Preview by Lori Waxman
+ Inside/Within : Interview: Jenny Kendler's Sensuous Rewilding
+ Chicago Reader : Feature Story & Video Interview
+ KPLR11 : Live TV interview for MDSTL/Pulitzer

SELECTED PAST EXHIBITIONS & NEWS


Sept 21 – Oct 9, 2016
Music for Elephants • Artprize • Curated by Alison Erazmus • Grand Rapids, MI

May 31, 2016 • Interactive Projects
Peoples' Porphyry seed bomb workshop & Herd Not Seen project • MCA Studio at the Museum of Contemporary Art • Chicago

Apr 1 – May 30, 2016 • Solo Show
Bewilder | Be Wilder • San Luis Obispo Museum of Art • CA
• STEAM event at Cal Poly University on Mar 30th

Mar 4 – May 21, 2016 • Group Show
Objectify • Part of NCECA 2016 • Belger Crane Yard • Kansas City, MO

Jan 12 – Mar 20, 2016 • Two-Person Exhibition
Animal Umwelt • with Molly Schafer • iMOCA • Indianapolis, IN

Dec 12, 2015 – Feb 21, 2016 • Biennial
Elmhurst Art Museum Biennial: Chicago Statements • Chicago

Sep 23 – Nov 29, 2015 • Group Show
Rooted in Soil, originally organized by the DePaul Art Museum, toured to the Salina Art Center • Salina, KS

Aug 2015 • New Public Commission
Field of Vision : A Garden for OthersLouisville Commission on Public Art • Louisville, KY
[Field of Vision was a finalist in SxSW Eco's 'Place by Design' (watch video here) and was featured on the front page of Louisville's newspaper, The Courier-Journal]

Aug–Nov 2015 • Interactive Public Project
ReWilding New York : Community Seed StationsThe Albright-Knox Art Gallery • Commissioned by Curator of Public Art, Aaron Ott • Buffalo, NY
[ReWilding was covered in The Buffalo News and featured on the cover of The Public]

July 7, 2015 • Interactive Public Pop-up
Tell it to the Birds inhabited the Mylayne Pavilion in Millennium Park's Lurie Garden, organized by The Art Institute of Chicago & The Arts Club of Chicago

May 2015 • Cover Image
Species Traitor I featured on the cover of Poetry Magazine

April 3, 2014 • Closing Lecturer
Shapiro Research Symposium • SAIC

Jan 29 - Apr 27, 2015 • Group Show
Rooted in Soil • Curated by Laura & Farrah Fatemi • DePaul Art Museum • Chicago
Lori Waxman's review for the Chicago Tribune

Dec 12 - Feb 12, 2014 • Group Exhibit
Rooting (India): The Knowledge Project • Curated by Tricia Van Eck, Deborah Boardman & Akshay Rathore • Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India

Nov & Dec 2014 • Interactive Public Mural
A Place of Light and Wind (For Lost Prairies)The Violet Hour • Chicago

Sept 18-21, 2014 • Solo Show/Interactive Installation
Tell it to the Birds • NRDC Project Space • EXPO Chicago

Sept 11, 2014 • Panel Discussion
Climate Change/Creative Solutions • Organized by the Human Impacts Institute • Goethe-Institut Chicago

Jul 30 - Aug 1, 2014 • Commissioned Public Project
Milkweed Dispersal BalloonsMarfa Dialogues / St. LouisPulitzer Foundation for the Arts • St. Louis, MO

Jan 16 - Feb 8, 2014 • Group Show
Projections AnimalièresLa Box Gallery at les Écoles Nationale Supérieures D’art • Bourges, France

Nov 2013 • Delighted to be named "Chicago's Best Dressed Artist" in Newcity's Best of Chicago Issue

Jul 2013Attempted Transformations, a public art project for Pitchfork & CAC is seen by 50,000 and featured in a full-page image in The Chicago Tribune

Jan 2013Camouflage I (Disguise for an Endangered Bird) was on the cover of nearly 100,000 Chicago Readers

Dec 2012The Hall of Disappearing named one of Chicago's two best shows of 2012 by Artslant and one of Chicago's five best shows of 2012 by Hyperallergic.

View full artist CV here .