Higher Resonance: Jennie C. Jones’ Revisionist Modernism

Installation view of Directions: Jennie C. Jones: Higher Resonance at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, 2013. Photo: Cathy Carver.

The newest offering in the Directions series at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC is the first solo museum exhibition of Creative Capital grantee Jennie C. Jones (2008 Visual Arts). A site-specific installation spanning painting, sound and sculpture, Higher Resonance addresses the central themes of Jones’ artistic practice, creating a multisensory experience interweaving the narratives of black history and art history.

Jennie C. Jones grew up listening to jazz. Though she never received formal musical training, Jones transformed her interest in music and her engagement with history and theory into an audio-visual practice. Struggling to find the content at the heart of her largely abstract, conceptual work, Jones had what she calls her “artistic epiphany”: the realization that the music she was listening to as she drew or painted directly affected the marks she made. Continue reading