Jenni Sorkin: Separatism Before Feminism: An Even More Gendered History of the Los Angeles

Department of Art Fall 2011 Lecture Series

Jenni Sorkin is assistant professor of critical theory, media, and design at the University of Houston. She is currently completing a book manuscript, Live Form: Craft as Participation, which examines the confluence of gender, artistic labor, and the history of post-war ceramics from 1945 to 1975. Her writing has appeared in the New Art Examiner, Art Journal, Art Monthly, NU: The Nordic Art Review, Frieze, the Journal of Modern Craft, Modern Painters, and Third Text. She has written numerous in-depth catalog essays on feminist art and material culture topics. Sorkin has lectured at the Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts, CalArts, Dia Beacon, Ohio University, the School of Visual Arts, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, the Textile Museum of Canada, and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. In 2010, she co-organized Blind Spots/Puntos Ciegos: Feminisms, Cinema, and Performance, for the eighth edition of SITAC, the International Symposium of Contemporary Art Theory, held in Mexico City. She holds a doctorate in the history of art from Yale University, a master of arts from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, and a bachelor of fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. From 2010 to 2011, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.