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2020 Fulbright Artist Awardee
US-UK Fulbright Commission
Art, Aesthetics and Cultural Institutions
Department of Philosophy
University of Liverpool
Jennifer is exploring post prosperity communities in the North of England, furthering Untold Stories, her on-going multi-venue community-specific and site-responsive exhibitions investigating the human cost of industrialization.
Transformations: Living Room->Flea Market->Museum->Art
The Wende Museum
Culver City, California
October 4, 2020-Ocotber 24, 2021
Abstracting and repurposing imagery from the Wende's collection of Socialist Realist paintings and complementing this with details from her collection of family photos, Ukrainian material culture, and Soviet clothing and lifestyle advertisements, Jennifer created a three-panel mural in homage to her Ukrainian grandparents.
Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery
San Jacinto, California
October 7, 2021
Flores Para El Trueque
Museo de Arte, Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Opens October 2021
Flores Para El Trueque is an ongoing project. Through these social practice exhibitions, Jennifer explores the lives of floriculture workers and their communities.
Symposium Panelist at Across the Pond
'Communities, Storytelling, and Cultural Institutions'
Organizers: US-UK Fulbright Commission, London
July 20, 2021
Communities, Storytelling and Cultural Institutions will explore the role of cultural institutions – such as museums, art galleries and libraries – in wider society. People of all walks of life visit cultural institutions as part of everyday leisure activities, to appreciate and experience cultural artefacts. But digging deeper, what role do they have on shaping society itself?
What is their effect on communities, and how do they help keep citizens engaged in the conservation of culture and heritage? How would society change if cultural institutions disappeared completely?
Jennifer will be in conversation with Dr. Alison Eardley, senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Westminster. Alison is a Fulbright scholar at the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum exploring place-identity, belonging, memory, and the relationship between the museum and its local communities.
Dr. Louise Siddons, an art history professor at Oklahoma State University and the British Library Eccles Centre Scholar Fulbright Awardee, will moderate the discussion.
Keynote Speaker at Hanoi Ad Hoc 1.0: Architecture, Factories and (Re)Tracing the Modern Dream of Recent Past
'Surviving the Fantasies of Modernization'
Organizers: Ha Noi Ad Hoc and RMIT Vietnam, with support from UNESCO
July 27, 2021
Jennifer will be discussing her ongoing project, Garment Girl, which investigates women's labor in the global textile industry.
Her co-presenter will be Mila Rosenthal, a human rights educator and professor at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. She will talk about the March 8 Textile Factory, a significant site for the Vietnamese Communist Party's efforts in the 1960s and 1970s to manufacture a modern socialist society, economy, city, and family.
Michal Teague, Design Studies lecturer at RMIT Hanoi City campus, will moderate the discussion.
Authored Book Chapter
"Making Social Art in Youngstown." In Car Bombs to Cookie Tables: The Youngstown Anthology, edited by Jacqueline Marino. Second Edition. Cleveland: Belt Publishing, 2020.
Editor Jacqueline Marino included Jennifer’s essay “Making Social Art in Youngstown” and an image of Pittsburgh to Flint, 2019.
Symposium Speaker at Sensing Style: Today's Global Subcultures
"Performing Imaginary Life"
Organizers: Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) in collaboration with West
Leiden + Den Haag, The Netherlands
December 11, 2020
The symposium addressed the state-of-the-art debates on style and subcultures within the globalized, virialized, and mediatized popular culture of the 21st.
Common Ground: Artists Reimaging Community
Curated by Jennifer Vanderpool
November 23, 2020-March 19, 2021
The William Rolland Gallery of Fine of Art
California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, California
Inspired by mutual aid societies that assist community members in need and employing this as a curatorial strategy, Jennifer invited ten artists to exhibit who, in turn, each invited an artist who then each asked an artist to participate, and the project continues to grow like a web, as invited artists are inevitably connected to other exhibiting artists. The work included in Common Ground engages, investigates, and questions the concepts of what “community” was and how we, as a communal society engaged in civil contestation, can reimagine what it can be by addressing the sociopolitical and economic ruptures laid bare by COVID-19 and the BLM movement.
You, Me, and They Portraying Us
Curated by Jennifer Vanderpool
October 25-November 26, 2020
José Drudis-Biada Art Gallery
Mount St. Mary's University Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
Jennifer integrated the participatory strategies of social practice art to organize communities in debate and collaboration with modes of curatorial activism approaches that challenge the assumptions and erasures of voices in hegemonic narratives to develop this exhibition. In this exhibition, artists included portray their multifaceted identities, sometimes interwoven with their psychological struggles and further complicated by public perceptions of who they are, should be, or could be. Working across the mediums of painting, social media, performance, sculpture, papermaking, and crafting, their work questions portraiture constructs as a restricted intellectual idea and mode of portrayal.