Jenni Crain (1991–2021) was a New York-based artist, writer, and curator. She received her BFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute in 2013, and an MA in Curatorial Studies from CCS Bard in 2021. In 2012 she completed an exchange program at Central Saint Martins in London. Crain served as director of kaufmann repetto in New York from 2016 to 2019, and director at Miguel Abreu Gallery in 2021. She co-founded and co-directed Topless, a seasonal gallery based in Rockaway Beach, New York, from 2014 to 2016. Crain was the founder and organizer of O.O. & M.M. (Only Once & Many More), an ongoing curatorial project that encourages adaptability and deviation from standardized models of exhibition making. Her estate is represented by Gordon Robichaux, New York.
As an artist, Crain’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions at the Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (2022); Kerry Schuss Gallery, in collaboration with Gordon Robichaux, New York (2022); Pumice Raft, Toronto (2021); La MaMa Galleria, New York (2021); Parker Gallery, Los Angeles (2020); OCTAGON, Milan (2019); Gordon Robichaux, New York (2019, two-person with Miles Huston, 2018); Baba Yaga, Hudson, New York (2018); 321 Gallery, Brooklyn (2017); KANSAS, New York (2016); Y Gallery, New York (2015); and Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles (2014); among others. Her art and curatorial projects have been featured in the New York Times, Artforum, New York Magazine, and elsewhere.
Curated exhibitions include Synonyms for Sorrow, Charim Schleifmühlgasse, Vienna (2021); Kate Millett: Terminal Piece, Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (2021); Tee A. Corinne: Selections from the Lesbian Herstory Archives, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2020); Tee Corinne: Bodies of Work, MBnb, New York (2019); March Avery, Barnard College, New York (2019); as well as exhibitions at Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga; SORT, Vienna; 55 Walker (operated by Bortolami Gallery, Andrew Kreps Gallery, and kaufmann repetto), New York; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York; and Shanaynay, Paris; among others.
Crain contributed texts and essays to the 58th Carnegie International (on Kate Millet), The Wattis Institute Library, F Magazine, Aperture PhotoBook Review, and Blum & Poe’s March Avery exhibition catalog. In 2022, the Tee Corinne: Selections from the Lesbian Herstory Archives exhibition catalogue will be published by Midway Contemporary Art.
Crain led lectures and discussions at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, where she was Curatorial Fellow in 2020, Savannah College of Art and Design, Pratt Institute, and Westreich Wagner.In 2022, The Jenni Crain Foundation was founded to preserve her legacy by supporting transformative projects by artists, curators, and writers of any age at early or pivotal stages in their careers. Crain’s website includes a comprehensive archive of her curatorial projects and exhibition history, as well as images and information documenting many of her artworks: www.jennicrain.com.