“A Home for Surrealism: Fantastic Painting in Midcentury Chicago,” Arts Club of Chicago, June 7–August 17, 2018
Jennifer Cohen is a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she teaches courses in Modern and Contemporary Art. She holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Chicago and an MA in Textiles and Apparel from Cornell University. Her dissertation Surrealism and the Art of Consumption examined a range of seemingly marginal surrealist media—from shop windows to events and installations—to explore the way in which consumer strategies shaped the social and political ambition of the group. At the Art Institute of Chicago, she has worked on exhibitions including “Magritte: the Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938,” “Picasso and Chicago,” and “Alfred Stieglitz and the 19th Century.” Her research has been supported by the Council for European Studies, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Dedalus Foundation, and the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation. She recently organized the international symposium Revolutionary Imagination: Chicago Surrealism from Object to Activism, supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art as part of the Art Design Chicago initiative.