JENNY KENDLER Artist & Activist
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Work above: Detail from Tell it to the Birds­­­ an interactive work which translates participants' confessions to nature into the song of endangered birds.

JENNY KENDLER is an interdisciplinary artist and environmental activist, whose work has been exhibited nationally & internationally in more than 60 solo and group exhibitions over the past decade. Her practice seeks to complicate the space between our ideas of 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 & Los Angeles. Read more...

SELECTED MEDIA FEATURES

+ Chicago Reader : Feature Story & Video Interview
+ Chicago Tribune : Fall Arts Preview by Lori Waxman
+ KPLR11 : Live TV interview for MDSTL/Pulitzer
+ Newcity : The Art 50: Chicago's Visual Vanguard


CURRENT & UPCOMING

Apr 18 - Jun 13, 2015 • Group Show
Gently Fried • Curated by Los Outsiders • Sam Coronado Gallery at MACC • Austin, TX

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

Spring 2015 • Public Commission
Sculpture/Garden • Chicago Parks District • Northerly Island, Chicago

Summer 2015 • Interactive Public Project
Rewilding Buffalo : Community Seed StationsThe Albright-Knox Art Gallery • Curated by Aaron Ott • Buffalo, NY

Fall 2015 • Public Commission
Field of Vision: A Garden for Others • Louisville Commission on Public Art • Louisville, KY

2015-2016 • Commissioned Project
Newly commissioned interactive work • Nosara, Costa Rica


SELECTED PAST EXHIBITIONS & NEWS

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

Jan 2015 • Grant
Awarded Arts & Environment contest grant from Theo Westenberger Estate

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

Mar 22 - Oct 19, 2014 • Collaborative Project
Rare Nature: The Endangered Species Print ProjectPeggy Notebaert Nature Museum • Chicago

Sept 11, 2014 • Panel Discussion
Organized by the Human Impacts Institute • Goethe-Institut Chicago

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

Apr 17 - Jun 6, 2014 • Group Show
The Stench of Rotting Flowers • Curated by Danny Orendorff • Charlotte Street Foundation's la Esquina gallery • Kansas City, MO

Jan 17 - Mar 1, 2014 • Group Show
Ghost Nature • Curated by Caroline Picard • Gallery 400 • Chicago • Ghost Nature featured in Hyperallergic

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

Oct 4 - Oct 30, 2013 • Solo Show
Invasive SpeciesSalon Series Projects • Chicago

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

May - Jun 2013 • Solo Show
Wild Life Refuge @ THE SUB-MISSION • Chicago

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 .