Jenni Crain

June 19–July 31, 2022

New York

Gordon Robichaux is honored to present two related exhibitions celebrating Jenni Crain’s expansive vision as a curator and artist: Synonyms for Sorrow, Crain’s final curatorial project realized during her lifetime, and an exhibition of her own artwork created shortly before her sudden passing in 2021.

Synonyms for Sorrow was curated by Crain at the invitation of SORT and presented at Charim Schleifmühlgasse in Vienna, Austria, from October 23 to November 28, 2021. The group exhibition features work by seven artists—Patricia L. Boyd, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Taylor Davis, Masao Gozu, Dan Graham, Park McArthur, and Shanekia McIntosh—in varied media including video, sculpture, photography, and text. The show is installed at Gordon Robichaux in suite 925 in a similar arrangement to the original presentation Crain realized in Vienna.

In Gordon Robichaux’s second exhibition space in suite 907, the gallery will show two of Crain’s artworks—a wood sculpture presented on a pedestal near the floor and a framed photograph—originally created for the group show In an Archipelago, curated by Parker Kay at Pumice Raft in Toronto, Canada (May 5–May 30, 2021). These two works are among the last pieces Crain completed during her lifetime.

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In an Archipelago

Frequently working through structures of viewership and navigation, Jenni Crain’s Untitled (2021) responds to the architectural features of Pumice Raft. Taking its proportions from the gallery’s south-facing windows, this minimal sculpture brings awareness to the viewer’s relationship to their surroundings—how they feel in and move through the space, their corporeal relation to the work itself, as well as to that which exceeds the perimeter of the gallery, such as the domesticated environment viewable from its windows. Crain’s work functions as a form of documentation, pointing toward a reading of architecture and space itself as temporal entities that are forever shifting in relation to past, present, and forthcoming influences.

—Parker Kay, curator, In an Archipelago, Pumice Raft, Toronto, Canada, with Nicole Coon, Jenni Crain, Lili Huston-Herterich, May 5–May 30, 2021


Untitled VII (Sections I, II, III)

White oak

Three parts (from left to right): 5.5 x 18.75 x 5.5 inches (Section I); 18.75 x 29.75 x 5.5 inches (Section II); 8.75 x 18.75 x 5.5 inches (Section III)


Untitled (Monarch Migration Grove, MX)

Photographic print on Kodak Royal paper

6 × 4 inches
17 x 13.25 inches (framed)


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