Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Jennifer Ray Burris

Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media

Asst Prof Jennifer Ray Burris

Jennifer Burris is an Assistant Professor in Curatorial Practice at NTU and an independent curator with a focus on performance, time-based media, and site-specificity. She has organized solo and group exhibitions at the Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá; Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Haverford College, Philadelphia; and The Kitchen, New York.

In 2016, in collaboration with Marfa Live Arts and Fieldwork Marfa, she co-founded Marfa Sounding: a three-year annual program of performances, sound installations, and public talks that explored the relationship between music and sculpture. As a writer she has contributed to publications including The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Studies in French Cinema, Bomb, Revista Código, Works + Days Quarterly, ART HAPS, Afterall, and Frieze as well as multiple artist monographs and exhibition catalogues. As a writer and curator, she has focused on the work of the following artists: Eduardo Abaroa, Maria Jose Arjona, Tarek Atoui, Yto Barrada, Beverly Buchanan, Charles Curtis, Godfried Donkor, Becket Flannery, Anna Halprin, Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Alvin Lucier, Marcos Kurtycz, Park McArthur, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, Alexandra Navratil, Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, Allan Sekula, and Brian Weil, among others.

She was a 2010–2011 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program and the 2011–2013 Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. On an advisory level, she ​is ​currently a resident tutor at FLORA ars + natura, Bogotá and curatorial advisor to the ​PEW-funded ​research initiative "Digging Deeper: Field Studies Made Possible by the Waste Stream" at Recycled Artist in Residency (RAIR) in Philadelphia. She is director of Athénée Press, a small independent publishing initiative that collaborates closely with contemporary artists.
Research Interests
The International in Curatorial Practice at a Time of Reactionary Nationalism
Ecologies of Sound Art and Site-Specificity
Feminism and Performance
Histories of Land Art and Minimalist Sculpture
Theories and Practices of Modernism along Equatorial Geographies
Critical Practice and the Waste Stream: Artists and Social Scientists
Current Projects
  • Critical Reflections on Curatorial Practice since 2016: A series of analytical essays examining personal experiences working in Colombia, Venezuela, and the United States as well as new research on curating in Southeast Asia

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