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Jennifer Packer: Every Shut Eye Ain’t Sleep

Jennifer Packer, The Body Has Memory, 2018, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in. (152.4 x 121.9 cm). Collection of Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins.

Jennifer Packer: Every Shut Eye Ain’t Sleep

Over the past five years, New York–based artist Jennifer Packer has received increasing acclaim for her portraits and allegorical tableaux, including a series of commemorative floral still lifes. Rendered in virtuosic lyrical style and layered intensity, Packer’s drawings and canvases surface representations of intimacy, embodiment, and loss. They mark an important new direction in figurative painting and were featured prominently in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. Organized by MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson, this exhibition presents new and recent works by Packer and is her first exhibition on the West Coast.

Jennifer Packer: Every Shut Eye Ain’t Sleep is organized by Bennett Simpson, Senior Curator, with Kimberly Kitada, Curatorial Assistant, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Lead support is provided by an anonymous donor.

Exhibitions at MOCA are supported by the MOCA Fund for Exhibitions with major funding provided by The Offield Family Foundation and generous funding provided by Judith Angerman, Earl and Shirley Greif Foundation, Nathalie Marciano and Julie Miyoshi.

In-kind media support is provided by KCRW 89.9 FM.