Jennifer Levonian

2009 Pew Fellow

Jennifer Levonian, 2009 Pew Fellow. Directed by Glenn Holsten.

“Most of [my animations] have dealt with some aspect of the monotony of daily life and the dull routines we find ourselves in. To be honest, I want them to entertain.”

Jennifer Levonian (b. 1977) creates cut-paper animations that explore the ambivalence of everyday life. Her goal throughout her work is to bring into focus unnoticed events and transform them into bizarre and uncanny events. Her work has been screened and exhibited nationally including Reality Testing, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits, CA; Cowboys, Codes, & Conspiracies, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Fleisher Challenge Exhibition at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia; New Wine New Bottle, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia; and Wild Girls, Exit Art, New York. Her Buffalo Milk Yogurt, a digital video animation, won second place in the National Portrait Gallery’s 2013 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Levonian received her B.A. from the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA and her M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.

In 2011, Levonian created a video, Rebellious Bird, for an exhibit at the Library Company of Philadelphia (LCP), John A. McAllister’s Civil War: The Philadelphia Home Front. The video was the culminating project of a yearlong residency at LCP, during which time Levonian drew inspiration from archived stories and images of women who cross-dressed and passed as men in order to fight in the Civil War. This collaborative project was made possible with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and received media attention from the artblog, where Libby Rosof described Levonian as “a humanist and a sharp observer of the details of the everyday.”

References

This exhibition at the Galleries of Moore College of Art & Design will critically re-examine the emergence and development of unorthodox, artist-driven, and collective artistic practices in Mexico City in the 1990s.

Poet and Pew Fellow Ryan Eckes on his desire to “write toward another way of living,” why he chooses to work and live in Philadelphia, the books on his bedside table, and more.

Grants & Grantees

Megawords (run by Dan Murphy and Anthony Smyrski, both Pew Fellows) is self-described as “an experimental media project” that takes the form of a biannual photography magazine, as well as related installation projects and public events.

A panel discussion organized around Alien She, an exhibition examining the lasting impact of the Riot Grrrl movement, currently on view at Vox Populi.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Billy Dufala is the co-founder of RAIR and a Philadelphia-based artist engaged in a variety of creative disciplines, including sculpture, performance, digital media, and drawing.

Grants & Grantees

Named for Doylestown’s most famous son, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer James A. Michener, this museum was founded in 1988 with a regional focus, housing a collection of Pennsylvania impressionist paintings.

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy manages the largest and oldest public art program in the country, while The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia seeks to improve quality of life for all Philadelphians by facilitating collaborations between the city’s public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Makihara’s performance work blends percussion with dance-like body movement, exercising a rigorous, systematic, and practiced process of experimentation and repetition.

Collaborators & Colleagues

David Filipi has been a film curator and a key member of the Wexner Center’s curatorial team since 1994.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Paul Hostetter is the Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair in Orchestral Activities at Columbus State University, and is a conductor for the Sequitur Ensemble and the New York Concerti Sinfonietta.

Grants & Grantees

The Philadelphia Theatre Company is dedicated to producing contemporary American plays and has produced nearly 40 world premieres since 1975.

The Center’s 2014 Year in Review celebrates a spectacular year of innovative cultural presentations and stimulating discussions.