The Jenni Crain Foundation

Jenni Crain (1991–2021) was an esteemed artist and curator who passed away suddenly due to complications related to Covid-19. She was widely recognized for her original minimalist sculpture and curatorial projects that championed under-recognized women artists as well as for her rigorous scholarship and writing. Crain was a passionate and tireless advocate of artists and art. Throughout her life, she built a vast community of friends, collaborators, and colleagues whose work she drove forward with generosity, sensitivity, and the deep probing intelligence with which she considered the world.

The Foundation preserves her legacy by supporting transformative projects by artists, curators, and writers of any age at early or pivotal stages of their career.

In honor of her memory, The Jenni Crain Foundation provides grants in two areas:
1. Finishing funds toward the completion of a significant project ranging from an exhibition, arts publication, or work of art across disciplines and forms.
2. Support for original research which may include travel, accommodation, and any funds required for accessing or studying materials.

Donations may be mailed to the address below or made online via PayPal or Square. Fundraising editions are available here.

The Jenni Crain Foundation
130 Third Avenue Brentwood, NY 11717

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Jenni Crain

CV, Works, Editions

Solo & Two-Person Exhibitions

Moments Spared
Kerry Schuss Gallery, New York, NY
February 5 – February 26, 2022

w. Miles Huston
Gordon Robichaux, New York, NY
January 20 – February 24, 2019

09.48 – 06.18
Baba Yaga, Hudson, NY
May 12 – June 12, 2018

Scenes From A Pause
321 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
May 26 – July 9, 2017

Bent To Its Own Image
The Java Project, Brooklyn, NY
October 18 – November 15, 2015

Upon Reflection
Y Gallery, New York, NY
August 7 – September 6, 2015

Selected Group Exhibitions

In an Archipelago Pumice Raft, Toronto, CA Curated by Parker Kay Nicole Coon, Jenni Crain, Lili Huston-Herterich May 5 – May 30, 2021

DOWNTOWN 2021 La Mama Galleria, New York, NY Curated by Sam Gordon Peggy Ahwesh, Polly Apfelbaum, Charles Atlas, Leilah Babirye, J. Stoner Blackwell, Maria Calandra, Sam Chun, Jenni Crain, Joel Dean, Leah Dixon, Hadi Fallahpisheh, Michelle Grabner, K8 Hardy, Phoebe d’Heurle, Madeleine Hollander, Sky Hopinka, Bill Jenkins, Zak Kitnick, Elizabeth Kley, Kalup Linzy, Rosemary Mayer, Tracy Miller, Matt Paweski, Helen Evans Ramsaran, LJ Roberts, Jacob Robichaux, Adrianne Rubenstein, Sara Maria Salamone, Lizzie Scott, Peter Shear, Ming Smith, Jessie Stead, Frederick Weston, D’Angelo Lovell Williams January 4 – January 30, 2021

A Page From My Intimate Journal — Part II
Parker Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Organized by Gordon Robichaux
Wilder Alison, Leilah Babirye, Matt Connors, Jenni Crain, Stephanie Crawford, Florence Derive, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Gillian Garcia, Daniel Marcellus Givens, Janice Guy, Otis Houston Jr., Miles Huston, KIOSK / Marco ter Haar Romeny, Clifford Prince King, Elisabeth Kley, Wayne Koestenbaum, Siobhan Liddell, Rosemary Mayer, McDermott & McGough, Reverand Joyce McDonald, Matt Paweski, Signe Olson, Sanou Oumar, Kerry Schuss, Dean Spunt, Tabboo!, Ken Tisa, Frederick Weston
March 15 – June 14, 2020

La terra piatta e la dimensione lirica di un luogo come se regredire fosse inventare
Ocatagon x Maroncelli 12, Milan, IT
Curated by Jacopo Mazzetti & Matt Paweski
Alesandro Agudio, Steven Baldi, Frank Benson, Lupo Borgonovo, Costanza Candeloro, Jenni Crain, Ava Kaufman, Matt Keegan, Aidan Koch, Mary Manning, Beatrice Marchi, Jacopo Mazzetti, Monique Mouton, Sanou Oumar, Diego Perrone, Lisa Rampilli, Margherita Raso, Jacob Robichaux, Andrea Romano, Andrea Sala, Asha Schechter
April 2019

A Page From My Intimate Journal — Part I
Gordon Robichaux, New York, NY
Math Bass, Hawkins Bolden, Jenni Crain, Guy de Cointet, Matt Connors, Lucky DeBellevue, Florence Derive, Liz Deschenes, Shannon Ebner, Melvin Edwards, Vincent Fecteau, Denzil Forrester, Barbara Hammer, James Hoff, Otis Houston Jr., Marc Hundley, Miles Huston, Shirley Jaffe, Caitlin Keogh, Elisabeth Kley, Wayne Koestenbaum, Shigeko Kubota, Siobhan Liddell, Magic Markings, Darinka Novitovic, Sanou Oumar, Matt Paweski, Bernard Piffaretti, Howardena Pindell, Charlotte Posenenske, Michael Queenland, Collier Schorr, Kerry Schuss, Stuart Sherman, Amy Sillman, Alison Smith, Gwen Smith, Martine Syms, Tseng Kwong Chi, Stan Vanderbeek, Melvin Way, Karlheinz Weinberger, Frederick Weston, Martin Wong, B. Wurtz, Amy Yao
February 11 – April 8, 2018

You’d Give Him A Flower; He’d Keep It Forever
ZAX, Brooklyn, NY
Hannah Black & Carla Perez-Gallardo, Jenni Crain, Miles Huston & Jack Anthony, Elizabeth Jaeger, Linnea Kniaz, Aidan Koch, Anne Libby, Heather McKenna, Will Stewart
September 25, 2016

KANSAS, New York, NY
Jenni Crain, Carey Denniston, Adam Kremer, Boru O’Brien O’Connell, Luke Stettner & Max Stolkin
August 6 – August 28, 2016

Shifting Subjecthoods
Torrance Shipman, Brooklyn, NY
Jenni Crain, Laurie Kang, Linnea Kniaz, Valerie Snobeck, Wang Ye
April 14 – May 8, 2016

The Air Is An Absence Held
Ray Smith Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Jenni Crain, Kristen Van Deventer, Nick Fusaro, Aidan Koch, Adam Kremer, Hanne Lippard, Joseph Montgomery, Boru O’Brien O’Connell, G.T. Pellizzi, Carolyn Salas, Will Stewart
September 12 – September 20, 2015

Selected Curatorial

Synonyms for Sorrow
Gordon-Robichaux, New York, NY
Patricia L. Boyd, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Taylor Davis, Masao Gozu, Dan Graham, Park McArthur, Shanekia McIntosh
Originally presented at Charim Schleifmühlgasse, Vienna, AT
Invited by SORT, Vienna, AT
June 19 – July 31, 2022

Synonyms for Sorrow
Charim Schleifmühlgasse, Vienna, AT
Invited by SORT, Vienna, AT
Patricia L. Boyd, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Taylor Davis, Masao Gozu, Dan Graham, Park McArthur, Shanekia McIntosh
October 23 – November 28, 2021

Kate Millett: Terminal Piece
Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
April 3 – May 30, 2021

Tee A. Corinne: Selections from the Lesbian Herstory Archives
Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN
February 8 – March 28, 2020

Tee Corinne: Bodies of Work
MBnb, New York, NY
August 11 – September 15, 2019

March Avery
Louise McCagg Gallery
Barnard College, New York, NY
March 27 – April 14, 2019

The Ides of March
Jeremy Burleson, Dre'An Cox, Luis Estrada, Jon Fukai, Felicia Griffin, Karen May, Michael Nuñez, Dorrie Read, Jonathan Valezquez, Christian Vassell
January 2019 – online

This Must Be the Place
O.O. & M.M. at 55 Walker, New York, NY
Operated by Bortolami Gallery, Andrew Kreps Gallery & kaufmann repetto
Co-curated w. Miles Huston
Michel Auder, Drew Beattie, Marilyn Church, David Diao, Loretta Dunkleman, Yoyo Friedrich, Ann Gillen, Ron Gorchov, Masao Gozu, Maren Hassinger, Becky Howland, Virginia Jaramillo, Kazuko Miyamoto, Joe Overstreet, Elaine Reichek, Gwenn Thomas, Billy Sullivan, Ken Tisa, Clover Vail, Frederick Weston, Thornton Willis, Frank Wimberley
Also including exhibitions curated by Manila Institute & Song Cycle
November 9 – December 8, 2018

If Not Now
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Louise Bourgeois, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ann Gillen, Anna Maria Maiolino, Beverly Pepper, Alison Saar, Deborah Willis
October 28 – November 25, 2018

putting itself together
Co-curated w. Lydia Glenn-Murray
Chicken Coop Contemporary, Portland, OR
Justin Caguiat, Indah Datau, Phil Davis, Sara Malpass
August 5 – September 8, 2018

Only Once and Many More
O.O. & M.M., Brooklyn, NY
Mary Lee Bendolph of Gee's Bend Quiltmakers, Justin Chance, Beverly Semmes
July 21 – 29, 2018

Camerado, this is no book
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Tyler Dobson, Jan Groover, Nancy Grossman, Gertrude Käsebier, Pope.L, Robert Mapplethorpe, Rose Marcus, Ryan Mrozowski, Marilyn Nance, Ken Tisa, Robert Wilson
October 7 – October 15, 2017

Outdoor Living
Co-curated w. Carey Denniston
Rzeplinski, Brooklyn, NY
Margaret Salmon, Owen Westberg
September 30 – October 1, 2017

Star Circle Stage
Orgy Park, Brooklyn, NY
Mike Crane, Jamie Isenstein, Matt Keegan, Jacob Robichaux
April 1 – April 30, 2017

Co-curated w. Lydia Glenn-Murray
Roberta Pelan, Toronto, ON
Nick Bastis, Srijon Chowdhury, Silke Otto-Knapp, Hayley Tompkins, Barak Zemer
January 7 – February 11, 2017

Will You
Co-curated w. Nick Fusaro
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Anthony Cudahy, Ted Gahl, Zoë Field, Tom Forkin, Jim Hodges, Nina Li, Heather McKenna, Kate Missett, John Monti, Britt Moseley, Izabelle New, Tin Nguyen, Megan Plunkett, Am Schmidt
September 17 – October 2, 2016

A Sieve Itself May Sieve
Co-curated w. Lydia Glenn-Murray
Shanaynay, Paris, FR
Kelly Akashi, Talia Chetrit, William King, Tori Wrånes
July 29 – August 20, 2016

Co-Founder & Co-Director
Rockaway Beach, New York
Summer 2014 – Summer 2016