Artforum: Sky Hopinka’s Highlights of 2021: Ulysses Jenkins

Highlights of 2021
by Sky Hopinka

The work of Ulysses Jenkins was a revelation. Across the videos and performances featured in this career retrospective—among them Two-Zone Transfer, 1979, and Inconsequential Doggerel, 1981—one found a constellation of themes that remain relevant some fifty years on. With nimble curiosity, Jenkins confronts the hegemonies of race, gender, and the state, as in Without Your Interpretation, 1983, which critiques the white gaze via a collaborative performance featuring appearances by Maren Hassinger and Senga Nengudi, among others.

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