ULYSSES JENKINS: WITHOUT YOUR INTERPRETATION, Berlin [11/2/2023 – 30/7/2023]Marilena Pateraki
The Julia Stoschek Foundation presents the European premiere of Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation, the first major retrospective of the work of groundbreaking video and performance artist Ulysses Jenkins (b. 1946 in Los Angeles). A pivotal influence on contemporary art for over fifty years, Jenkins has produced video and media work that conjures vital expressions of how image, sound, and cultural iconography inform representation.
Using archival footage, photographs, image processing, and soundtracks, Jenkins interrogates questions of race and gender as they relate to ritual, history, and the power of the state. Organized closely with the artist—including the digitization of a sprawling archive and conversations with Ulysses Jenkins and his collaborators—the exhibition encompasses a broad range of over fifteen videos and almost sixty works in total that showcase his collaborations, mural paintings, photography, and performances, revealing the scope of Jenkins’s practice.
Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation was co-organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and curated by Erin Christovale, Curator, Hammer Museum, and Meg Onli, Independent Curator, where the exhibition was previously on view. The Julia Stoschek Foundation presentation was organized by Lisa Long with curatorial assistance by Savannah Jade Thümler.
Major support for Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida, and Lyndon J. Barrois and Janine Sherman Barrois. Support for curatorial research has been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. The republication of Ulysses Jenkins’s Doggerel Life: Stories of a Los Angeles Griot is made possible with support from the Getty.
Curators: Erin Christovale, Meg Onli
Curatorial Assistant: Ikechúkwú Onyewuenyi