Whole Grain: the Films of Jennifer Levonian

Each form created from watercolored paper cut into shapes, a nude woman sits on a pile of orange, yellow, and white gourds in a grocery store display with her legs crossed, hands on her knees and her eyes closed. A man is passing by on the left, turning his head back to took at the woman.
Still image from Buffalo Milk Yogurt (2010) by Jennifer Levonian.

Join us on Thursday, November 3, at 6 pm, for a Whole Grain: Experiments in Film & Video screening of 13 experimental animations by exhibiting artist Jennifer Levonian, whose work is featured in Lauren Kelley: Location Scouting on the Tang’s Mezzanine.

The program includes:

  • You, Starbucks (2006; 2 min., 25 sec)
  • Take Your Picture with a Puma (2010; 7 min.)
  • Her Slip is Showing (2010; 4 min.)
  • Buffalo Milk Yogurt (2010; 7 min.)
  • The Oven Sky (2011; 4 min., 42 sec.)
  • Rebellious Bird (2011; 9 min., 6 sec.)
  • The Poetry Winner (2012; 7 min., 33 sec.)
  • Rotten Pumpkins (2013; 3 min., 15 sec.)
  • Xylophone (2016; 8 min., 50 sec.)
  • Lost Islands of Philadelphia (2018; 10 min.)
  • Outage (2019; 4 min.)
  • Cinnamon, Thunderstorm (2021; 4 min.)

About the Artist

Jennifer Levonian, born 1977, is an artist who creates cut-paper animations that explore the ambivalence of everyday life. With hand-painted pieces of paper, she constructs narratives that seem familiar yet surreal, commonplace yet bizarre, examining the moments and emotions that often go unnoticed amongst daily routines. Levonian brings humor, heartbreak, beauty, and discomfort to her audience as stories unfold within her watercolor world. Her animations, watercolors, quilts, and cutouts have been shown and exhibited across the United States, including at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH), Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits, and more. She received her BA from The College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA) and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI). She was awarded the Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2009.

About Whole Grain

The Tang Teaching Museum’s series Whole Grain explores classic and contemporary work in experimental film and video. Whole Grain is programmed by Assistant Director for Engagement Tom Yoshikami. All events are free and open to the public.

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Pattern by Madeleine Welsch ’17
Inspired by the exhibition Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.