Jennifer Bornstein RI’15 is an internationally exhibited artist who works in diverse media, including video, 16-millimeter film, sculpture, and printmaking. Her exhibition titled "Feminist Archaeology" is an interdisciplinary art project consisting of an original video projection with accompanying prints and sculptures. The exhibition explores different strains of feminism, which Bornstein has experienced both personally and through her research.
Presented by: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Admission: Free and open to the public
Exhibition runs Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 through Saturday, Jan 20, 2018
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 12 noon-5 pm
Exhibition opening discussion with Jennifer Bornstein: Tuesday, November 14, 5 PM, Knafel Center, followed by a reception in the gallery.
The video component of the exhibition purposely conflates different historical periods of feminism. It includes moving-image media from several sources: 16mm film; high-definition video; and Sony Portapak, an anachronistic, 1970s video camera that shoots only black-and-white, standard-definition video. Portapak was frequently used by artists to make experimental, performance-based videos during the time period of the 1970s that coincides with the focus of this project’s artistic research. The print component of the exhibition consists of large-scale, 1:1 relief-type prints made using oil-based printing ink on canvas. The prints were created from pieces cut from a temporary drywall structure that was formerly in Harvard’s Carpenter Center. Segments of the drywall structure, which was built as a collaborative project by students in Visual and Environmental Studies (VES) and served as Bornstein’s classroom and as a video projection room while she was a visiting lecturer in VES, are also displayed in the exhibition as sculptural elements.
Research for Feminist Archaeology began in 2014–2015, during which Bornstein was a Radcliffe-Harvard Film Study Center Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute. The research materials for the exhibition, which function partly as the project’s blueprint, come from the collections of Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. The artist would like to thank the Harvard undergraduates Eriko Kay and Lily Scherlis, who contributed significantly to the development of the work, as well as the VES students Ariana Chiavaron, Helen Miller, Billy Orman, Noel de Sa e Silva, Gleb Sidorkin, Kensho Tambara, and Sam Wolk for their help with the project.