Bornstein Named 2017-18 Freund Teaching Fellow

Monoprints by Jennifer Bornstein. Installation view, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, 2014. Photo: Mark Woods.

Posted by Liam Otten October 6, 2017


Contemporary dancers animate archival poses. A line, jackhammered into a concrete floor, is inked and printed like a copper plate. A cast-off Hollywood set is repurposed with mirrored boxes and 16mm film, its final sequence a backwards reflection of the opening.

Over the past 20 years, artist Jennifer Bornstein has earned an international reputation for large-scale installations that combine film, video, photography, printmaking, and performance to investigate themes of time and perception. This fall, the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Sam Fox School will welcome Bornstein to St. Louis as their 2017-18 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellow.

"Bornstein's work meanders between her fascination with the aesthetics of technologies, drawn images, photographs, billboards, theatrical staging, and subtly provocative video performances, challenging the viewer's perception of a given situation or setup," said Patricia Olynyk, the Florence and Frank Bush Professor and director of the Sam Fox School's Graduate School of Art.

"Her subtly humorous work, which transforms and retransmits both the remarkable and the mundane, is a thought-provoking conversation starter," Olynyk added. "Her residency will inspire our MFA students to think about the various ways in which to pursue a material practice while exploring discursive themes."

Supported by the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Endowment Fund, the Freund Teaching Fellowship is designed to promote the creation and exhibition of contemporary art as well as the teaching of contemporary art principles. It consists of two month-long residencies, during which recipients lead studios in the Sam Fox School while preparing an exhibition for the museum's Currents series.

Bornstein's work has been widely exhibited at institutions across the United States and Europe, including: the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Her numerous honors include a DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm fellowship; a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant; a Harvard Radcliffe Fellowship; and a 2017 Foster Prize from the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston.

Bornstein has published five artist's books as well as articles for Frieze Magazine, the Getty Research Journal, and others. She is represented by Gavin Brown in New York and Greengrassi in London.

"We at the museum are so excited to welcome Jennifer Bornstein as the Freund Fellow," said Hannah Klemm, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

"Throughout her impressive career, Jennifer has worked across media, from photography and film to printmaking. Her work strikingly pairs technical skill with a deeply thoughtful conceptual framework. We very much look forward to her upcoming Currents exhibition."