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Foster Talks: Jennifer Bornstein
Thu, May 11, 2017, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
This edition of the Institute of Contemporary Art’s biennial James and Audrey Foster Prize, highlighting work by Boston-area artists, will introduce a new component: a program of intimate, in-gallery Foster Talks in which each artist will engage in a discussion with a figure who has influenced their work.
Jennifer Bornstein will discuss her work with Rhea Anastas, critic and Associate Professor of Art, University of California, Irvine.
Bornstein combines subjects and media from different times and places, employing video, 16-milimeter film, sculpture, etching, and other approaches to printmaking. In the multimedia installation New Rubbings and Psychological Tests, she combines the traditional, at times elegiac process of frottage—a technique often used to take impressions of text and texture from gravestones—with a very contemporary protagonist, a genetically modified mouse.
A scientist specializing in collagen research, Bornstein's father genetically engineered mice to be especially flexible; these mice are featured in her 20-minute video The Successive Alleys of Anxiety and Other Tests. Plaster replicas of physical and psychological tests appear in both the video and in the gallery, where they are surrounded by encaustic rubbings that capture her father's clothing and personal effects.
Bornstein was born in Seattle and lives in Cambridge. Her work has been widely exhibited at national and international institutions including New York's Whitney Museum, LA MOCA, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
Limited capacity; pre-reserved tickets available starting March 1.
Please arrive early, doors open at 6:30 pm.
Any unclaimed tickets by 6:45 will redistrubuted to the general public.
No late entry past 7pm.
Please bring in confirmation receipt and present at the front desk.
The exhibition and The Foster Talks are generously endowed by James and Audrey Foster and supported by Saks Fifth Avenue.