JENNY KENDLER ARTIST & ACTIVIST


Image above: Kendler setting up Herd Not Seen an installation of biodegradable bison. Visitors to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago were able to adopt the bison sculptures to take home and grow into tiny prairies or toss into abandoned lots — rewilding the city.

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

July 24 – Nov, 2016 • Public Sound Installation
A Confounding Mimicry • Collaboration with husband Brian Kirkbride • in partnership with Experimental Sound Studio • Lincoln Park Conservatory • Chicago
Public Opening Reception: July 24th from 3-5pm

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

Aug 2016 – 2017 • Group Project
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)

Sept 21 – Oct 9, 2016
Elephant Graveyard • Artprize • Curated by Alison Erazmus • Grand Rapids, MI

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

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
Special Project • MCA Chicago
Public Project • Sculpture/Garden • Chicago Parks District
Speaking Engagement • Wexner Center for the Arts
Group Show • Dominican University

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

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 .