Jennifer Bornstein, Blue Room, 2014. Full credit below.

Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellow Lecture: Jennifer Bornstein

April 20, 2018
Farrell Auditorium, Saint Louis Art Museum

Artist Jennifer Bornstein, the 2017-18 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellow, will discuss her art practice as part of a public lecture in conjunction with the opening of her Currents 115 exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum. The lecture is free, but tickets are required; they are available in person at the museum or through MetroTix, which charges a $3 service fee. The exhibition will be on view April 20-July 15 in Gallery 255.

This exhibition is a convergence of several interconnected lines of inquiry that Bornstein has explored over the past three years. Together, the works in Currents 115: Jennifer Bornstein examine recent histories of technological image making and distribution in various forms; the centuries-old human compulsion to produce and consume images as a constant force in society; and the intersections and histories of politics as manifested in political movements—specifically the women's movement.

Bornstein began her career in the early 1990s as a photographer, transitioning into the world of moving images—in particular, 16 mm film and, soon after, video. Since 2003, printmaking has become an important component of her practice. Bornstein's print work probes the history of printmaking, provoking viewers to question the boundaries of the medium itself.

Bornstein's prints vary in scale and process. She makes traditional intaglio etchings, which render her subjects—people, 16-millimeter projectors, and even studies for films—into linear black-and-white images. In addition to working in this traditional print process, Bornstein also creates rubbings that directly transpose everyday objects onto paper, and large-scale relief prints that render architectural spaces onto canvas.

For Currents 115: Jennifer Bornstein, the artist has created a new video work that will be exhibited with a group of new works on paper. The exhibition is grounded in the architectural-relief print of an entire room of a house, printed at 1:1 scale.

Currents 115: Jennifer Bornstein is curated by Hannah Klemm, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, with Molly Moog, research assistant, and Heather Hughes, research assistant and print study room manager.

Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellowship

Established in 1986, the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellowship promotes the exhibition and acquisition of contemporary art at the Saint Louis Art Museum, as well as the teaching of contemporary art principles in the Sam Fox School. Each fellowship consists of two monthlong residencies, during which recipients teach in the Graduate School of Art and prepare an exhibition for the Museum's Currents series. past Freund Teaching Fellows include Michael Byron, Catherine Opie, Phil Robinson, Francis Cape, Ellen Gallagher, Matthew Buckingham, Cameron Martin, Angelina Gualdoni, Sarah Oppenheimer, Claudia Schmacke, Bruce Yonemoto, Ian Monroe, Chelsea Knight, Renata Stih & Frieder Schnock, Won Ju Lim, Mariam Ghani, Andréa Stanislav, and Shimon Attie.

Image credit

Jennifer Bornstein, American, born 1970; Blue Room, 2014; oil based printing ink on linen; six panels, each: 66 × 43 inches, total dimensions: 126 x 117 inches; Photo courtesy of the artist © Jennifer Bornstein.