Collaborative exchanges have been a significant part of Ulysses Jenkins’s practice, most notably his interventions with artists Maren Hassinger and Senga Nengudi. His 1984 performance piece, Without Your Interpretation, which is also the title of his ICA retrospective, is one example of the numerous projects the trio worked on early in their careers.
Watch Jenkins, Hassinger, and Nengudi in dialogue with the curators of the exhibition, Meg Onli, Andrea B. Laporte Associate Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, and Erin Christovale, Associate Curator, Hammer Museum to elaborate on how their relationship shaped them individually and collectively.
This conversation premiered on icaphila.org on November 12, 2021.
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.