Jennifer Wen Ma

Jennifer Wen Ma was born in 1973 in Beijing, China, moved to the United State in 1986, and received her Master of Fine Art degree in 1999 from Pratt Institute, New York. She works and lives between New York and Beijing. Ma’s interdisciplinary practice bridges varied media such as installation, video, drawing, performance, public art, and fashion design; often bringing together unlikely elements in a single piece, creating sensitive, poetic, and poignant works.

Ma’s first major monograph was published in 2013 by Charta, distributed by DAP. Recent projects include: permanent public lighting installation for the National Aquatic Center, aka The Water Cube, Beijing; solo exhibitions at Hanart Square, Hong Kong, 2013; Ullens Center For Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2012; Eslite Gallery, Taipei; Art Space NIJI in Kyoto, Japan; and The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. In 2011, Ma was the Artistic Director for The Republic of China Centennial Grand Countdown, Taipei, 2010. She participated in Lingua Franca for St. Moritz Art Masters, the 2010 Biennale of Sydney, and the 2009 Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Niigata. Guggenheim Bilbao, 2009; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008; and the National Art Museum of China, 2008, permanent multimedia installation for Digital Beijing Building, 2008.

In 2008, Ma was one of the seven members on the core creative team for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics, and the chief designer for visual and special effects. She won an Emmy for the US broadcast of the ceremony.

Current and upcoming projects include public art at Pier 42 in New York; Cambio Cultural, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Performa Institute 2013, New York, Shenzhen International Ink Biennial, among others.

Watch an interview with Jennifer Wen Ma and David Shing on Huffington Post

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  • Mon. Nov 4, 12:00 pm
  • Tue. Nov 5, 12:00 pm
  • Wed. Nov 6, 12:00 pm
  • Thu. Nov 7, 12:00 pm
  • Fri. Nov 8, 3:00 pm
  • Sat. Nov 9, 3:00 pm
  • Tue. Nov 12, 6:00 pm
Paradise Interrupted, a contemporary Kunqu opera that is a work in development, is presented as a three-part artist residency at the Performa Institute.