Discipline: Film/Video – animation

Jenny Perlin

Discipline: Film/Video – animation
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2019

Jenny Perlin is an artist working in Brooklyn. Her practice in 16mm film, video, and drawing works with and against the documentary tradition, incorporating innovative stylistic techniques to emphasize issues of truth, misunderstanding, and personal history. Her projects look closely at ways in which social machinations are reflected in the smallest fragments of daily life. In her films, Perlin often combines handwritten, animated text, and drawn images, embracing the technical quirks of analog technologies.

She received her B.A. from Brown University in literature and society, her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in film, and postgraduate studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York. Her works have been shown in numerous exhibitions including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Drawing Center, and The Kitchen in New York; Mass MoCA, Massachusetts; Guangzhou Triennial, Canton: IFC Center, New York, New York Film Festival, Berlin and Rotterdam film festivals; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona, among others. Her work is held in public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad.

Perlin's work is represented by Galerie M+R Fricke, Berlin. Perlin is also the director of The Hoosac Institute, a curated online platform for text and image focusing on pieces that don’t fit conventional disciplinary narratives.



Jenny Perlin worked in the Putnam studio.

The Graphics Studio (as it was originally named) was converted to its present use in 1972–1974 through a grant from the Putnam Foundation, and originally served the property as both a power house and pump house. Well water was pumped from a large cistern to Hillcrest, the Foreman’s Cottage, and the lower buildings closer to…

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