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.

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130 Third Avenue Brentwood, NY 11717

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Jenni Crain

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

Ides, an ancient calendrical measurement used by the Romans to compute time according to the lunar cycle, referred to the first full moon of a given ‘month’. In the earliest examples of the Roman calendar, the Ides of March marked the first full moon of the new year. The occasion was celebrated with the Festival of Anna Perenna, goddess of the ring or circle, thus alluding to annual revolution, as the Latin reading of her name ‘per annum’ or ‘for each year’ suggests.

In its contemporary context, the Ides of March has become more directly associated with ominous connotations of tragedy and deceit. On the Ides (15th) of March in 44 BC, Julius Caesar, dictator of the Roman Republic, was assassinated by three conspiring members of the Senate. Shakespeare’s dramatization of this event circulates itself in popular culture as protagonists are warned to “beware the Ides of March.”

These conflicting, dual significations of the single date congregate in an allusion to repentance. In the order of evolution, change is a processing and adaptation of the past. In Roman tradition, the Ides of March was an emblematic deadline for the settling of debts. Advance is an acceptance of permutation. To move forward, we must acknowledge that progress is nonviable without an embrace of difference.

Please click this link to view the online exhibition and available works on NIAD's website.

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All images are courtesy of the artists and NIAD Art Center, Richmond, California.


Jeremy Burleson Untitled, n/d. Rolled found paper and tape. 7 x 5 x 4 inches


Jeremy Burleson Untitled, 2016. Acrylic on canvas. 18 x 24 inches


Dre'An Cox Untitled, 2016. Acrylic on plywood. 40 x 16 x 1.5 inches


Luis Estrada Untitled, 2018. Mixed media on found magazine paper. 10 x 13 inches. Side A


Luis Estrada Untitled, 2018. Mixed media on found magazine paper. 10 x 13 inches. Side A


Luis Estrada Untitled, 2018. Marker on found book page. 11 x 18 inches


Jon Fukai Untitled, 2018. Graphite on paper. 11 x 14 inches


Felicia Griffin Untitled, 2016. Typewriter ink on paper. 11 x 8.5 inches


Felicia Griffin Untitled, 2016. Typewriter ink on paper. 11 x 8.5 inches


Karen May Untitled, 2017. Mixed media on found magazine page. 11 x 11 inches


Michael Nuñez Untitled, 2018. Acrylic on stretched canvas. 10 x 8 inches


Dorrie Read Rosemary, 2016. Glazed ceramics. 10 x 12 x 14 inches


Dorrie Read Rosemary, 2016. Glazed ceramics. 10 x 12 x 14 inches


Jonathan Valezquez Untitled, 2017. Acrylic on found book page. 12 x 16 inches


Christian Vassell Tchaikovsky Jeanne D'Arc, 2012. Acrylic on vinyl. 12 x 12 inches


Christian Vassell Untitled, 2018. Glazed ceramic. 14 x 13 x 4 inches