Jennifer Packer: Tenderheaded - Book Launch

May 5, 2018

Please join us for the New York City launch of the Renaissance Society’s newest publication, Jennifer Packer: Tenderheaded. This evening reception features a reading by poet and contributor Safiya Sinclair.

Jennifer Packer’s autumn 2017 Ren exhibition, Tenderheaded, was the artist’s first solo museum presentation and established her as one of the most compelling painters working today. Packer’s portraits and paintings of funerary bouquets exhibit a rigorous engagement with art history as well as a highly personal response to how black bodies navigate within the present political landscape.

The first monograph devoted to Packer’s work, Tenderheaded includes documentation of the exhibition, a conversation between Packer and Kerry James Marshall, essays by Jessica Bell Brown and April Freely, a poem by Safiya Sinclair, and an introduction by curator Solveig Øvstebø.

Tenderheaded is currently on view through July 8 at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago is committed to supporting ambitious artistic experimentation, primarily through the commissioning of new works, and to fostering rigorous, interdisciplinary discourse. In addition to the exhibition program, this independent, non-collecting museum hosts lectures, concerts, performances, screenings, and readings, and regularly publishes catalogues and artist books.