Jennifer Williams in Lily’s

Jennifer Williams

‘City of Tomorrow’

Lily’s Bar at the Roger Smith Hotel

October 2017-February 2018


Jennifer Williams earned a MFA from Goldsmiths College, London, England and a BFA from Cooper Union School of Art, New York. She is represented by Robert Mann Gallery in New York has been widely exhibited throughout the country, including The Akron Art Museum, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and Whitdel Arts in Detroit. Public art projects include the Dumbo Arts Festival, UMASS Amherst, Virginia Tech, Strongroom in Newburgh, NY. She is the recipient of a Queens Council for the Arts grant, an A.I.R. Gallery Fellow, an Aljira Professional Development Fellowship and a Center for Emerging Visual Artists Fellowship. A long time Manhattan resident, she recently relocated to Queens and works in Brooklyn.

My large-scale photographic installations investigate, deconstruct and interpret “the city,” both as its physical self and as an idea. The work is dually site-responsive; the location of the exhibition space determines content while the size and shape of the exhibition space determines form. I “gather” architecture by shooting scores of images during repeated neighborhood walks, capturing flux from a pedestrian point of view. Research into past and present zoning, landmarking, and development help guide my eye and provide a conceptual base for the work, while my real time, feet on the pavement, gut reaction to the physical make-up of space influences composition. Impossible to take in with a passing glance, the grand scale of the work halts the viewer in their tracks, forcing them out of their complacent gaze, demanding they reconsider their relationship the city.

The Roger Smith is a family run hotel in Midtown Manhattan. For over 30 years the owners and employees have been committed to shaping and growing a diverse and organic cultural footprint both within the hotel and beyond. With a continued desire to converse and engage with guests, with New York and places further afield, The Roger Smith Hotel’s creative program seeks to create big opportunities, pleasurable experiences, inspiring happenings and intelligent dialogues.


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