Kristin Jones: The She-Wolf: A Symbolic Beginning

Krisitn Jones, Rome and New York-based visual artist, will share her vision for contemporary art in the heart of ancient Rome — the site is a vital urban river piazza on the Tiber River. She will discuss the city of Rome as the source of inspiration as well as the challenges involved in the hope of founding an ongoing public art project: ETERNALTIBER / TEVERETERNO.

The exhibition will include 12 digital prints of the She-Wolf icon that "mark the site" for large-scale art installations on the Piazza Tevere. Accompanying the still figures a video projection of six wolves will come to life through hand drawn and digital animations of a variety of artists (Kristin Jones, Kiki Smith, Maureen Selwood, Alvin Curran, Nico Muhly, etc). The fluid shadow figures each have their own music each by a different composer. The combination of works are the very first in a series conceived and presented to launch the symbolic beginning of multi-disciplinary projects by artists for rivers internationally.

Artist Talk: Monday, February 12

  • Olive Tjaden Gallery, 5 p.m.
  • Exhibition reception to follow, 6-8 p.m.

About the Artist

For more than 20 years, Kristin Jones has worked on multidisciplinary collaborative artworks for the public domain. She earned an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Art and Architecture and a B.F.A. in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design.

In partnership with Andrew Ginzel she has received major permanent public commissions throughout the U.S. and in New York City, including OCULUS for the World Trade Center subway station and METRONOME for Union Square and MNEMONICS at the New Stuyvesant High School in Battery Park City. Temporary installations include a wide range of museums and non-profit venues including the Kunsthalle, Basel and The Whitney Museum at Altria.

Rome has been a source of inspiration for Jones since 1983, when she won a Fulbright Grant to study the city's public spaces and fountains. In 1995, with a Rome Prize from the American Academy, Jones and Ginzel headed a collaborative team in the creation of a large-scale ephemeral installation at the Acquario Romano celebrating the summer solstice. Jones returned to Rome in 2001 as a Senior Fulbright Fellow to devote herself to the research and planning of a large-scale, collaborative work, TEVERETERNO and the establishment of PIAZZA TEVERE in the historic city center.

This event was organized by the Art Majors Organization, and sponsored by the CCA, SAFC, and the Department of Art.