Photos of artist Jenny Saville and scholar Jennifer Doyle

The Un-Private Collection: Jenny Saville + Jennifer Doyle

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019
7:30 p.m.
Oculus Hall at The Broad
Tickets $15


The next program in The Un-Private Collection series will present a conversation with artist Jenny Saville and Jennifer Doyle, author and professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. The pair will discuss Saville’s work in the Broad collection and beyond: enormous canvases that focus on bodies in an unflinching manner. Likening the physicality of paint to the feeling and appearance of skin, she constructs sometimes horrifying images of contemporary identity. The talk will highlight the congruencies of Saville’s work and Doyle’s areas of interest, such as visual and performance studies, contemporary art history, gender studies, and critical theory.


Jenny Saville

Jenny Saville

Captivated by the endless aesthetic and formal possibilities of the materiality of the human body, Broad collection artist Jenny Saville makes a highly sensuous and tactile impression of surface and mass in her monumental oil paintings. Subjects are imbued with a sculptural yet elusive dimensionality that verges on the abstract. In recent paintings, she renews her enduring figurative investigations by depicting bodies embracing and intertwined.

Saville was born in 1970 in Cambridge, England. She received her B.A. Honors Fine Art from Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. Recent solo museum exhibitions include Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2005); Norton Museum of Art, Florida (2011, traveled to the Museum of Modern Art Oxford, England, through 2012); “Jenny Saville Drawing,” Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (2015–16); and “Now: Jenny Saville,” Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2018). Saville’s works are featured in several public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Broad, Los Angeles; and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. Saville’s work was included in the 50th Biennale di Venezia in 2003.

Saville currently lives and works in Oxford, United Kingdom.

Jennifer Doyle

Jennifer Doyle

Jennifer Doyle is a feminist writer, curator and scholar. Much of her scholarship unpacks what artworks teach us about sexual life — about pleasure, love, desire and pain. She is the author of Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire, Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art and Campus Sex/Campus Security. She curated The Tip of Her Tongue for The Broad, Nao Bustamante: Soldadera for The Vincent Price Art Museum and I Feel Different for LACE. She is a member of the Board of Directors at Human Resources, and a Professor of English at UC Riverside. She lives in Los Angeles. 


About The Un-Private Collection

World AIDS Day, designated on December 1 every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

World AIDS Day is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day, and World Hepatitis Day.

Since opening its doors in 2015, The Broad has presented annual programming for World AIDS Day to commemorate the many who have lost their lives to the pandemic, to recognize the many still living with HIV/AIDS, and to acknowledge that, globally speaking, the AIDS crisis is not over. At the height of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, artists became activists and activism grew into an art form. Prime examples of this include Broad collection artists Keith Haring and David Wojnarowicz (both of whom died of AIDS-related complications), Ross Bleckner, who started his practice dealing with the AIDS epidemic in 1980s, and Glenn Ligon and Jenny Holzer, who continue to use their artistic voices to highlight the need for public awareness around HIV/AIDS.

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