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Jen Bervin

United States

Grants Awarded

2016 | Visual Art | China

for a grant to carry out research in China on traditional silk embroidery technique and 4th Century poet Su Huiï’s Xuanji Tu, (Picture of the Turning Sphere) for a large-scale, multidisciplinary artwork


Exhibition / United States

Strange Oscillations and Vibrations of Sympathy

October 26, 2016 - December 18, 2016

Strange Oscillations and Vibrations of Sympathy features work by contemporary female artists that acknowledge or reference women writers. The exhibition's title is derived from a sentence Sylvia Plath underlined in her copy of Virginia Woolf's The Waves, and that Stephanie Brooks later appropriated for a text-based artwork. These multiple layers of mediation are integral to all of the included works. The exhibition features 34 works by 21 artists inspired by writers Octavia Butler, A. S. Byatt, María Elena Cruz Varela, Emily Dickinson, Zora Neale Hurston, Clarice Lispector, Gabriela Mistral, Toni Morrison, Alejandra Pizarnik, Mary Shelley, Rebecca Solnit, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Plath, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Virginia Woolf.

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Grantee: Jen Bervin

Quiet: A Poetry Reading for Agnes Martin

January 10, 2017

Poets Ari Banias, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, and Souvankham Thammavongsa read selections of their work in honor of Agnes Martin in an evening curated by artist Jen Bervin. The program concludes with a reception and exhibition viewing of Agnes Martin.


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Special Event / United States

Glitch: An Evening of Poetry and Catalogue Launch for One Hand Clapping

July 17, 2018

To celebrate the publication of the One Hand Clapping exhibition catalogue, the Guggenheim presents an evening of readings by a roster of international poets including Tan Lin, Feliz Lucia Molina, Sawako Nakayasu, Lynn Xu, and catalogue contributor Nicholas Wong. Each poet will present new works addressing themes explored in the exhibition and accompanying catalogue, following a short conversation with catalogue designer Chris Wu and editor Andrew Maerkle. This event is guest curated by visual artist/poet and ACC alumna Jen Bervin in collaboration with exhibition curator and ACC alumnus Xiaoyu Weng.

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Grantees: Jen Bervin, Xiaoyu Weng