StatementJennifer Kabat is an essayist and writer in upstate New York equally interested in writing on subjects from rural life to contemporary art – and occasionally the two together. Recently she was awarded a Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant in support of her arts criticism, and her work has appeared in the Financial Times, the Guardian, Wired, Wallpaper*, New York magazine, The Rumpus and Salon. She writes frequently for Frieze and Metropolis, where she’s a contributing editor. Her essays and short fiction have been anthologized, included most recently in Kate Newby: Let the Other Thing (Sternberg Press), The Record, Contemporary Art and Vinyl (Duke University Press), and is in conversation with artists Rochelle Feinstein in the 2014 Whitney Biennial catalogue.
Jennifer did graduate work in art history at Columbia University and was a Helena Rubenstein Fellow in the Whitney Museum of Art’s Independent Study Program. In 2003 she received an MA with honors in creative writing from the University of East Anglia supported by a grant from the British government.
In 2012 along with Greg Olear, she co-founded The Weeklings to support long-form writing online. Dedicated to an essay a day, the site’s contributors include Vanity Fair contributing editor Elissa Schappel, novelist Nelly Reifler and former Granta editor Alex Clark. The Weeklings’ writing is often featured on Salon and Andrew Sullivan and has been included in the New Yorker, Slate and on public radio. Jennifer teaches in SVA’s design criticism program. Recently she joined the board for the Prattsville Art Center and last fall chaired a talk at Frieze London on ACT UP, queer protest and art. This summer she’s participating in The Promise, a group show at the Arnolfini in Bristol, UK, where she is writing a piece of hybrid non-fiction on cities, ghosts and modernism as part of a collaboration with New Zealand artist Kate Newby.