NEW/NOW; Jennifer Wen Ma
As part of the NBMAA’s NEW/NOW exhibition series featuring emerging and established contemporary artists, the Museum will present Jennifer Wen Ma (b. 1973), who works in both New York and Beijing. Ma’s interdisciplinary practice bridges various media including installation, drawing, video, public art, design, performance, and theatre, often bringing together unlikely elements in a single piece.
Much of Ma’s works involve investigations into the constructs of utopias and are inspired by the histories of the places in which she exhibits. Her installations present alluring, gorgeous, and otherworldly landscapes that juxtapose utopian and dystopian elements and invite immersive multisensory experiences. As part of her installations, Ma engages with communities through programs including community dinners that serve as platforms to discuss specific and timely issues, such as social justice and gentrification.