Visiting Artist Lecture: Janine Antoni

Levitt Auditorium

Visiting Artist Lecture presented by the Interdisciplinary Fine Arts program and the School of Art.

Janine Antoni is a visual artist who employs an amalgam of mediums including performance, sculpture, photography, installation and video. Her body is both her tool for making and the source from which her meaning arises. She is known for transforming materials like chocolate, soap and cow hide by using unusual art-making processes such as eating, bathing and sleeping. Through these very direct interactions, Antoni creates performative objects that explore sexual identity, motherhood, primal urges, consumption and embodiment. She carefully articulates her relationship to the world, giving rise to emotional states and a conveyed physicality, which speak directly to the viewer’s body.

Antoni was born in 1964 in Freeport, the Bahamas. She received her BA in 1986 from Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. Antoni’s work has been shown in exhibitions, including the Venice Biennial, the Whitney Biennial, the Johannesburg Biennial, the Istanbul Biennial, the Kwangju Biennial, the SITE Santa Fe Bie Biennial and the Prospect.1 Biennial in New Orleans. She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1998, the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award in 1999, the Joan Mitchell Painting and Sculpture Award in 1998, the Irish Museum of Modern Art/Glen Dimplex Artist Award in 1996, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2011, the Creative Capital Grant in Visual Arts in 2012, and in conjunction with the Fabric Workshop and Museum a Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Performance Grant in 2014.

Above: Janine Antoni and Stephen Petronio, “Honey Baby,” 2013, video, edition of 10 and 4 AP. Performer: Nick Sciscione; videographer: Kirsten Johnson; composer: Tom Laurie; editor: Amanda Laws.

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Philadelphia, PA 19102
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