In connection with Rosemary Mayer’s exhibition Ways of Attaching, art historian Jenni Sorkin leads an online lecture. Sorkin expands on the wider context of Mayer’s early works, exploring the artist’s search for matrilineal antecedents in the 1970s, and analysing her materials, forms and titles through the lens of historical feminist practices.
Jenni Sorkin is Associate Professor of History of Art & Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She writes on the intersections between gender, material culture and contemporary art, working primarily on women artists and underrepresented media. She publishes widely in museum and exhibition catalogues. Her books include Live Form: Women, Ceramics and Community, Revolution in the Making (University of Chicago Press, 2016) and Art in California (Thames & Hudson, 2021).
In addition to her essay “Dead Heroines” in the publication accompanying Rosemary Mayer’s exhibition at Spike Island, Sorkin’s recent writing includes “Affinities in Abstraction: Textiles and Otherness in 1970s Painting,” in Outliers and American Vanguard Art (National Gallery of Art, 2018) and “Alterity Rocks: 1973-1993,” Art in Chicago: A History from the Fire to Now (University of Chicago Press, 2018). She has published widely as an art critic, and her writing has appeared in Artforum, Art Journal, Art Monthly, East of Borneo, NU: The Nordic Art Review, Frieze, The Journal of Modern Craft, Modern Painters and Third Text.