Grad Art


Futures Fellow Jessica Vaughn presents, “Depreciating Assets: Studio Practice, Projects, Exhibitions”

Visual artist Jessica Vaughn will discuss her studio practice, and upcoming projects that focus on the metaphoric and real transmissions between concepts of labor, space, compliance, and race in the workplace. Inclusive of projects from 2017 to the present, Vaughn will highlight artworks currently on view at Mass MoCA, the publication Depreciating Assets (2020), and Untitled (Correspondence) (2020–present), an artwork for the upcoming solo exhibition Our Primary Goal is To Be Successful at the ICA Philadelphia in 2021.

Jessica Vaughn received a BHA from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA). Selected solo exhibitions include Our Primary Goal Is to Be Successful (ICA- Philadelphia, PA, 2021); In Polite English One Disagrees by First Agreeing (Dallas Contemporary, TX, 2019); and Receipt of a Form (Martos Gallery, New York, NY, 2017). Upcoming and current group exhibitions include Working Thought (Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, 2022); Lost in America (Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany, 2020); Kissing Through the Curtain (MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, 2020); Who are we are Who (Braunsfelder Family Collection, Cologne, Germany, 2020); and Feelings (Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany, 2019).

This is a prerecorded lecture that will be publicly available here November 20 through December 15, 2020.

Photo credit: Jessica Vaughn

Caption: In New York City real estate, buildings are often used for multiple purposes and the open floor plan aides in this seamless shift of how space is transformed for the labor market. Pictured is an interior view of the building formerly known as One Chase Manhattan Plaza, the first International style building in Lower Manhattan. With an open floor design and executive suites flanking the periphery of each floor, JP Morgan Chase and other finance and real estate firms occupied this building from 1961 until the 2010s, when it was sold to an international investment company. For a period in 2015 and 2016, artist workspaces were located on the fifteenth floor of the building. By 2018, the investment firm finished its renovations, transforming the building into high-end luxury residences, dining, and retail spaces. –Jessica Vaughn, Depreciating Assets (forthcoming)

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