Due to increasing COVID cases in NYC, Jon Kessler’s lecture has been canceled. We will repost the event if it is able to be rescheduled.

Jon Kessler’s Life and Art

Drawing on 40 years of work, Kessler will present past and present sculptures and installations, showing consistent themes expressed in different forms.

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Born in 1957 in Yonkers, NY, Jon Kessler is an artist best known for his kinetic sculptures made with motors, surveillance cameras and found objects. He has been showing his work regularly in the U.S. and abroad since his first exhibition at Artist’s Space in 1983.

In 2005 his immersive installation “The Palace at 4 AM” was exhibited at MoMA/PS1 and traveled to the Louisiana Museum (Copenhagen) and ZKM (Karlsruhe) and is permanently installed at the Phoenix Kulturstiftung/Sammlung Falckenberg (Hamburg).

His newest sculptures are “balancing acts” that slowly move with wind and viewer interaction. Bronze, brass, ceramics, stainless steel, and found porcelain figurines combine to form works which comment on ecological collapse and environmental precariousness.

Recent activity includes the 2017 Whitney Biennial (New York), “L’Ennemi de Mon Ennemi” at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), and the Guangzhou Triennal, (Guangzhou). He is a Professor of Art at Columbia University where he has taught since 1994 and received his BFA from SUNY Purchase in 1980.


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