Presented by MFA Art Practice

Practice Lecture Series: Jean Shin

Jun 22, 2021; 9:30 - 11:00am
Picture of tree trunked wrapped in various material

Jean Shin, Fallen, 2021.

Credit: Image courtesy of the artist

Jean Shin is nationally recognized for her monumental installations that transform everyday objects into elegant expressions of identity and community engagement. For each project, she amasses vast collections of a particular object—prescription pill bottles, sports trophies, sweaters—which are often sourced through donations from individuals in a participating community. These intimate objects then become the materials for her conceptually rich sculptures, videos and site-specific installations.


Her work has been widely exhibited in over 150 major museums and cultural institutions, including solo exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona and Crow Collection in Dallas. She has received numerous awards including the two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in Architecture/Environmental Structures (2008) and Sculpture (2003), Korea Arts Foundation of America, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Asian Cultural Council, and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Art Award. Her works and interviews have been featured in many publications, including Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, Artnews, Frieze Art, Flash Art, Tema Celeste, Hyperallergic, Artsy, Brooklyn Rail and The New York Times.


Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in the United States, Shin attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999 and received a BFA and MS from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She lives and works in Brooklyn and Hurley, NY.


Free and open to the public