Jennifer Levonian creates cut-paper animations that explore the ambivalence of everyday life by focusing on things which go unnoticed and transforming them into bizarre and uncanny events. Her work has been screened and exhibited nationally, including at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Sarah Lawrence College, New York; Exit Art, New York; and the Wexner Center for the Arts, Colombus, OH; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Sante Fe Art Institute, New Mexico. Levonian has been a resident at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Millay Colony for the Arts. The artist received her BA from The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. In 2009, she was awarded the Pew Fellowship in the Arts.
The Poetry Winner
Edge of Frame
April 20, 2018
Telfair Museums, Jepson Center
Sep 30–Nov 20, 2016
Jennifer Levonian's animation, Rebellious Bird, is featured in the group exhibition Strange Bedfellows, curated by Blair Murphy. Presented by Washington Project for the Arts
VisArts at Rockville
155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850
October 17-November 23, 2014
The Bank and Trust is composed of the work of more than 20 artists whose work responds to the present state of the U.S. economy, as well as issues of trust, security, and value in today's society. Jennifer Levonian will screen The Figure in the Carpet (2006), the artist's first animation which centers around a woman and her band of chorus girls who pull off a bank heist by mesmerizing the bank staff with a Busby Berkley-style dance number. The exhibition is on view through June 4.
Arts Exchange Gallery
31 Mamaroneck Ave
White Plains, NY
Jennifer Levonian's Holy Donuts!,2008 will be screened as part of Plastic Summer, curated by Stamatina Gregory and Erin Sickler.
"In the annual abdication of work, school, life, and ethics (at least for some), beaches and boats, summer houses and amusement parks become the projection for a fantasy of escape and absence of responsibility. As constructed as a screensaver, as ubiquitous as a discounted package holiday, this idea of summer can seem infinitely plastic and artificial. With a nod to playfulness and a wink at the surreal, the nine videos in Plastic Summer both embrace and interrogate the visual language of summer."
Works by Elia Alba, Kim Collmer, Eteam, Jillian McDonald, Tea Makipaa, Tom Pnini, Jaye Rhee, and Carrie Schneider will also be on view.
August 26, 7-10pm
601 ART SPACE
601 W. 26th Street, Suite 1755
New York, NY 10001
"Body of Work: New Perspectives on Figure Painting" is part of the National Museum of Women in the Art's biennial exhibition series Women to Watch, featuring emerging artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. Each exhibition focuses on a specific medium or theme. "Body of Work" will be on view at NWMA from July 2 to September 12.
"Breathless," organized by Paul Young, features recent video works by two contemporary East Coast artists. Jennifer Levonian and Sari Carel both use animation practices to explore personal, formal and social tensions found in everyday experiences. Exhibition runs May 20 to June 17 at the Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA.
This year, as part of the 2010 Visiting Artist Lecture Series, "Elemental: Earth Air, Fire, Water - Art and Environment," the Santa Fe Art Institute has invited artists who focus on environmental awareness to exhibit and lecture. By presenting artists' sensitivity to the plight of the planet - in works of art ranging from ancient and indigenous objects to contemporary forms and multimedia visions, the exhibition and related lectures will provide a deeper understanding and connection to our natural world. Exhibition runs June 4 to August 27, and a lecture with Levonian will be held on August 23.
Edith Newhall reviews Jennifer Levonian and Anthony Campuzano at Fleisher/Ollman, and Levonian at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Read the review here.
Jennifer Levonian and Adelina Vlas, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, will discuss the artist's work, including "Take Your Picture with a Puma," the stop-motion animation made using watercolor and collage, currently on view as part of the Live Cinema/Histories in Motion exhibition series.
Sunday, May 16, 2:00 PM in the Van Pelt Auditorium. Free after Museum admission.
Event made possible with support from The Pennsylvania State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is screening Jennifer Levonian's animation "Take Your Picture with a Puma" as part of its Live Cinema/Histories In Motion exhibition series. Also on view are many of the watercolor and collage drawings Levonian used to create the video. The exhibition runs from April 30 to May 31.
Gallery artist Jennifer Levonian will be featured at the 700IS Reindeerland Experimental Film Festival, Iceland. The festival runs from March 20 to 27, 2010. Levonian will be screening "You, Starbucks" - a stop-motion animation using collage and watercolor.
Gallery artist, Jennifer Levonian will be featured in ARCO Madrid's Cinema Loop curated by Paul Young and Carolina Grau. ARCO Madrid 29 International Contemporary Art Fair runs from February 17 through February 21.
Take Your Picture With a Puma, Jennifer Levonian's newest low-tech animation, made from watercolor, drawing, and collage, follows an American tourist on her quest for authentic experiences in Mexico, aided only by a Lonely Planet guidebook. In her search for offbeat locations, she inevitably travels the well-trodden path of other like-minded tourists. Surrounded by cruise ships, open air markets, cat fights, and teenagers making out, the tourist-protagonist finds an unlikely friendship in a Mexican bakery.
Three animations by gallery artist, Jennifer Levonian, will be on view at Wexner Center for the Arts (Ohio) from January 1 through January 28.
Wexner will be continuously screening You, Starbucks (2006); Holy Donuts (2008); and Levonian's newest piece, Take Your Picture with a Puma (2009).
For more information: www.wexarts.org