Sep 17, 2021, 7PM–8PM

Online Premiere: Ulysses Jenkins + Meg Onli + Erin Christovale

Without Your Interpretation rehearsal, 1984. Photo courtesy of the artist and Electronic Arts Intermix.

Over the past fifty years, visual artist Ulysses Jenkins (b.1946, Los Angeles, CA) has produced an expansive body of work centered on questions of race and gender as they relate to ritual, history, and the media. Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation is the first major retrospective of the groundbreaking artist’s work.

The exhibition, organized by Meg Onli, Andrea B. Laporte Associate Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, and Erin Christovale, Associate Curator, Hammer Museum, is the culmination of a relationship cultivated over time between the artist and curators. Onli and Christovale will delve into how that relationship evolved, in addition to Jenkins’s prolific career, as they engage the artist in dialogue in celebration of the exhibition opening.

This conversation will premiere below on Friday, September 17, at 7PM EST.

After the premiere, join Meg Onli and Erin Christovale for a Q+A session* on Zoom, from 8-8:30pm. Click here to register.

*Captioning will be provided for this program. Please contact Natalie Sandstrom, Program Coordinator, at with any questions.


Major support for Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional sup­port from Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida, and Lyndon J. Barrois and Janine Sherman Barrois. Support for curato­rial research has been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. The republication of Ulysses Jenkins’s Doggerel Life: Stories of a Los Angeles Griot is made possible with support from the J. Paul Getty Trust.

Programming at ICA has been made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation, and by Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan.