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Jeanne Dunning

American, b. 1960

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Jeanne Dunning

American, b. 1960

Biography

Internationally recognized for her provocative photographs and videos, through which she unflinchingly explores our relationship with our own and others’ bodies, Jeanne Dunning challenges perception and assumptions. She is interested in the divide between seeing and perceiving, as she explains: “When people see [my images], at first they may not be quite sure what they’re looking at […] One of my interests has been in provoking these misrecognitions, unbidden associations, and uncontrolled interpretations that can show us thoughts and interests we didn’t know we had.” Though her work is associated with feminism, it is also critically responsive to art history, specifically the genres of still life, portraiture, and landscape. By carefully framing her subjects, she often makes things appear to be other than what they are: fruit becomes genitalia; flesh becomes landscape; smashed tomatoes become blood.

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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Biography

Internationally recognized for her provocative photographs and videos, through which she unflinchingly explores our relationship with our own and others’ bodies, Jeanne Dunning challenges perception and assumptions. She is interested in the divide between seeing and perceiving, as she explains: “When people see [my images], at first they may not be quite sure what they’re looking at […] One of my interests has been in provoking these misrecognitions, unbidden associations, and uncontrolled interpretations that can show us thoughts and interests we didn’t know we had.” Though her work is associated with feminism, it is also critically responsive to art history, specifically the genres of still life, portraiture, and landscape. By carefully framing her subjects, she often makes things appear to be other than what they are: fruit becomes genitalia; flesh becomes landscape; smashed tomatoes become blood.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more