Jennifer Packer’s first solo museum exhibition in New York will open at the Whitney Museum of American Art on October 30, 2021.
Jennifer Packer’s intimate portraits of friends and family members are remarkable pictures that combine both memory and observation, and gather the audience into the world of her sitters. This exhibition features new paintings and rarely exhibited drawings. Packer acknowledges the choice to paint figures: ‘My inclination to paint from life is a completely political one. We belong here. We deserve to be seen and acknowledged in real time. We deserve to be heard and to be imaged with shameless generosity and accuracy’. Care is of particular concern in Packer’s portraits; what it means to represent an individual in a way that privileges their presence in the world.
Packer’s paintings were most recently seen at the Whitney in the 2019 Biennial. This solo exhibition was initiated by the Serpentine Gallery in London. The presentation at the Whitney is organized by Rujeko Hockley, assistant curator. For more information, click here.