Harlem’s Studio Museum Awards $50,000 Wein Prize to Conceptual Sound Artist Jennie C. Jones

The Brooklyn-based artist Jennie C. Jones has been named the recipient of the Studio Museum in Harlem‘s Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, an annual reward given out since 2006 that comes with a $50,000 cash award and recognizes the work of a mid-career or emerging African-American artist. Jones will receive the prize at a February 4 gala ceremony at the Studio Museum that had to be delayed due to Hurricane Sandy, the New York Times reports.

Jones, whose work, according to her website, investigates “listening as a conceptual practice,” was selected for the award “not only to celebrate the rigor and strength of her practice, but also because of the thinking about what this amazingly generous prize could do for her at this point in her career,” Studio Museum director Thelma Golden told the Times. Her sculptures and installations often use materials associated with music — 8-track cartridges, record sleeves, headphone chords, piano pedals, and more — to evoke the formal language of Minimalist sculpture.

Jones is preparing an exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and has been featured in shows at the Studio Museum, the Kitchen, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., Smack Mellon, Artists Space, and more.

The prize is named after late Studio Museum trustee Joyce Alexander Wein, and is supported by her husband, the philanthropist George Wein.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image: Jennie C. Jones, “30 Mingus LP’s for Judd,” 2010. Courtesy the artist.)