Jennifer Packer

Serpentine Gallery Autumn 2020 Free

New York-based painter Jennifer Packer’s first institutional solo exhibition in Europe will include paintings and drawings from the past decade alongside recent work.

Packer is known for her intimate portraits of friends and family members, interior scenes and funerary bouquet still lifes. She acknowledges her choice to paint figures as political stating ‘representation and particularly, observation from life, are ways of bearing witness and sharing testimony’, which are of central concern in her work.

Jennifer Packer (b. 1984, Philadelphia) lives and works in New York. She received her BFA from Tyler University School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia in 2007 and MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2012.

In 2012-13 she was an Artist-in-Residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem, and from 2014-16 she was a Visual Arts fellow at The Fine Arts Work Centre in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Her 2017 solo exhibition Tenderheaded at the Renaissance Society, Chicago toured in 2018 to the Rose Museum at Brandeis University. In 2019 Packer exhibited in the Whitney Biennial and other group exhibitions include 33rd Bienal de São Paulo (2018) and The Studio Museum in Harlem (2019, 2017, 2013 and 2012).

Packer is an Assistant Professor in the painting department at Rhode Island School of Design and she has a forthcoming solo exhibition at MOCA LA.

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