Jennie C. Jones: Compilation
By Valerie Cassel Oliver
Foreword by Bill Arning
Text by Hilton Als, Huey Copeland, George E. Lewis
The works of Jennie C. Jones span multiple mediums and modes, from paintings, sculptures, and works on paper to audio collages and immersive sound installations. In consistently cerebral and imaginative ways, Jones employs the visual languages of abstraction and minimalism to draw out the parallels and disjunctures that exist between the history of Modernism and the history of African American music, particularly jazz. Her trenchant cultural, aesthetic, and social critiques are, as described by Contemporary Art Museum Houston Director Bill Arning, “simultaneously humorous and angry, political and formal, rigorously conceptual and approachable.”
Jennie C. Jones: Compilation documents the artist’s mid- career survey at Contemporary Art Museum Houston, which chronicles Jones’s practice over a fifteen-year period, and includes many of her most iconic works alongside new painting and site-specific installation. The stunning design of the book, which makes a direct reference to the formal qualities of Jones’s artwork, includes an extensive selection of works reproduced in full color photography. The book features a significant new essay on Jones by the exhibition’s organizing curator Valerie Cassel Oliver alongside new texts by Hilton Als and George Lewis, as well as an illuminating interview with the artist and art historian Huey Copeland. Along with a bibliography of general reading and a chronology of the artist’s life and work, Jennie C. Jones: Compilation serves both as a scholarly reader and a critical and lasting documentation of this exciting and essential artist’s most significant exhibition to date.
The exhibition Jennie C. Jones: Compilation opened at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston December 19, 2015, and continues through March 27, 2016.
Clothbound, 8.25 x 10.3 inches, 156 pages, fully illustrated
Published Fall 2015