Jenny Perlin makes films, videos, installations, and drawings. Her projects draw on interdisciplinary research interests in history, cultural studies, literature and linguistics. Her films incorporate innovative techniques to investigate history as it relates to the present. Perlin shoots 16mm film and digital video and combines live-action, staged, and documentary images with hand-drawn, text-based animation.
Her films have been shown as single-channel works and multi-channel installations at numerous venues including the Guggenheim Museum, (2011), Mass MoCA (2011), MoMA, (2007), Guangzhou Triennial (2008), IFC Center (2008), Berlin and Rotterdam film festivals (2003-2007) the Drawing Center (2001 and 2008), and The Kitchen, NY (2006). Support has come from the LEF Foundation, NYSCA, Experimental Television Center, CEC Artslink, American Center, Geneva, and the Arnold Foundation. Artist residencies include IASPIS Sweden, Wexner Center, Civitella Ranieri, ISCP, and commissions from Bard College CCS, Aldrich Museum, BAC Geneva, The Queens Museum, and Expo 02, Switzerland.
She received her BA from Brown University in Literature and Society (Modern Culture and Media), her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Film, and completed postgraduate studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York.
Perlin’s work is in public collections including MoMA, Seattle Art Museum, the Five Colleges, MA, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and numerous private collections. Galleries Annet Gelink and M+R Fricke represent her work in Amsterdam and Berlin. She is currently teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, the Cooper Union, and The New School in New York.