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Devices, Tools, Objects, and Props: Recent Work by Jeremy Chen

Event Details:

Event Type: Announcement
Starts: Friday, January 27, 2023
Ends: Saturday, April 8, 2023
Categories: Arts & Culture

Location Description:

Grinnell College Museum of Art 

Event Description:

This exhibition of sculptural artworks by Assistant Professor of Studio Art and Chair of American Studies Jeremy Chen invites contemplation on the manifold meanings and uses of objects or things, and on our complex entanglement with materials. Consisting primarily of humble objects of pathos or humor, many works in the exhibition have a purpose or use with the human body.

Jeremy Chen is an artist and educator with an MFA in Printmaking (Sculpture minor) from The University of Iowa (2006), Center for the Book Arts Certificate (2006) and a BA in Art including K-12 teacher certification (1994). His cultural production includes work in three areas: individual practice (primarily print media, drawing, sculpture, and installation); collaboration side-by-side with other artists; and work with the public or specific communities.

Chen's recent research has explored digital print media technologies, traditional and non-toxic printmaking (including screenprint, intaglio, relief and monoprint) using autographic, photo-mechanical and digital methods.

Chen is also a founding member of The Moving Crew, a collaborative group of cultural workers engaged in activities including site responsive events, installations, performances, print media, tactical media, collage, book production, video, writing and theory.


Brandon Alvendia is a Chicago-based artist, independent curator, and educator. Like Chen, Alvendia researches and regularly collaborates with artist-run initiatives to develop site-specific community-driven exhibitions, events, and publications that create space for experimentation, discussion, and collaboration.


Additional programming related to the exhibition includes a 20-minute conversation with Jeremy Chen on Tuesday, February 14 at 11 a.m.; Useless Work: A Short Performance on Friday, February 24 at 4 p.m.; Human & Thing Entanglements: A Short Performance on Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m.; and a concluding performance by the MIYUMI Project on Saturday, April 8 at 7 p.m. Information about the exhibition and programming available at: or call 641-269-4660.

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