In a talk exploring “longing and belonging,” essayist and writer Jennifer Kabat explores how language, history and art - even the birds in her backyard, inform her work on contemporary art and culture.
Moving from the rural landscape of upstate New York to drones, technology and social media through to Greek mythology and the steel plates covering holes in New York City streets, Kabat searches for meaning in the present by opening up the gaps in history. Her essays and criticism pull equally from the contemporary art-world to the small-town community to ask questions about how we look at both.
Jennifer Kabat was recently awarded a Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her criticism and contributes to The Believer, BOMB, Frieze and Metropolis, among other publications. For the Arnolfini contemporary art museum in Bristol she created an essay-as-ghost story, “The Place of the Bridge,” which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A recent finalist for Notting Hill Edition’s biennial essay prize, she teaches at NYU, SVA and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.