Jennie C. Jones' practice resides at the intersection of art history, music history and African-American history, layering the formal language of modern art — abstraction and minimalism — over the conceptual and technical strategies of avant-garde jazz. Her work in audio, sculpture and drawing extends the parallel legacies of experimentation, of what Jones calls, 'wit and riff of these types of radical cultural forms — exploring cultural confluence, hybridization, and a more complex and historically inclusive version of modernism.'
Counterpoint is an intimate foray into the investigation of African–American modes of formalism, with an emphasis on the contributions of the influential composer/pianist John Lewis, a founding member of the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ). Inspired by a concert of the MJQ at the historic Blackhawk Jazz Club in San Francisco, the project re–frames the notion of 'West Coast Cool' linking its beginning to this single early performance. Functioning not only as an homage to Lewis and MJQ, Counterpoint is comprised of prints and works on paper, as well as sculptural objects ranging from re–configured piano sharps to vintage LP storage racks.The project attempts to transform the routine action of listening into a minimalist art form. Counterpoint also marks the artist’s first collaboration with a musician, Seattle–based Cellist Paul Rucker, who will perform interpretations from a rare book of scores written by John Lewis.
YBCA, CJM and MoAD Celebrate Black History MonthFeb 24, 2011 1:00pm – 9:00pm
YBCA, CJM, MoAD
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Contemporary Jewish Museum and Museum of the African Diaspora are all currently presenting exhibitions celebrating the rich musical heritage of African American artists. Thursday, February 24, in honor of Black History Month, we invite you to attend all three institutions for the price of one. Paid admission at any one of the three institutions will also allow you free access to the other two — all you have to do is show your ticket stub. Members of YBCA, CJM and MoAD will also have free admission to all three institutions that day by showing their membership card. Gallery hours that day at all three institutions will be from noon – 8 pm.
Jennie C. Jones was born in 1968 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. She creates audio, sculptures and drawings, concentrating on the abstract, minimal and formalist languages of modernist art forms merged with the conceptual ideologies and techniques of avant–garde jazz. Jones attended Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts where she received her MFA in 1996. Over the past decade, she has participated in numerous prestigious artists residency and fellowship programs, both nationally and international, including: Cité Internationale des Arts–Paris, France (2002–2003), The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency at the World Trade Center (1999) and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (1996).
YBCA's programs are made possible in part by:
The San Francisco Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Adobe Foundation Fund
YBCA Exhibitions 10–11 is made possible in part by:
Meridee Moore and Kevin King, CEC ArtsLink and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Free First Tuesdays
Underwritten by Directors Forum Members