Jennifer Vanderpool

Institutional Affiliation 
Department of Art, UC Santa Barbara
Professional Bio 

Dr. Jennifer Vanderpool has exhibited at the National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow; Stenersenmuseet, Oslo; RACA, Copenhagen; Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar, Sweden; Nina Menocal Gallery and Zona Maco México Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City; Galería Sextante and Centro Colombo Americano, Bogotá; Duna Galéria, Budapest; Faina Gallery in collaboration with the Kroshytskyi Art Museum and ArtPlatz, Sevastopol, Crimea, Ukraine. In the U.S. she has exhibited at venues in Brooklyn, Houston, Atlanta, Kansas City, Tulsa, Youngstown, Los Angeles, and Southern California. She has been awarded exhibition funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and a National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America grant for her community work as well as artist grants from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Kunstrådet: Danish Arts Council, and Kulturrådet: Swedish Arts Council. She has spoken about her practice at OVERGADEN: Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen; University of Lincoln, England, UK; Universiteit van Amsterdam and Artez Institute for the Arts, Netherlands; Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano and Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá. She was a resident artist at HOTHOUSE 2015, a UCLA/Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance residency.

Area of Expertise 

My practice celebrates and undermines popular culture imagery to reveal social and political content. I am interested in socio-cultural representations of class, gender, and ethnicity in tourism posters, postcards, advertisements, commercials, and other media. I tease out underlying supposition and unveil the hidden realities contained in historical imagery and objects within institutional collections. By engaging these images with theoretical analysis from the disciplines of cultural studies, art history, and media studies they becomes praxis as a form of research. In turn, I repurpose the abstracted elements of readymade material culture within my new works as a method of discourse formation. These exhibitions often include historic films, commercials, and advertisements plus my new work and media that create allegorical images meant to question social issues.

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