Art History & Art Conservation

Department of Art History & Art Conservation

Jennifer Kennedy

Ontario Hall

Jen Kennedy is an artist and scholar who specializes in contemporary art history and theory with an emphasis on feminisms, transnationalism, new media and digital art, and the intersections between art, mass media, and politics since the 1950s. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Puffin Foundation and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. She was a Bader Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Art History and Art Conservation at Queen’s from 2015-2017. 


Kennedy is currently at work on three projects: 

1.     New scholarly research critically examining the display of gendered and racialized bodies across a range of experimental art practices from the 1980s to the present day that integrate digital media.

2.     A co-edited collection of essays examining 1960s and 1970s feminist visual and material culture from transnational perspectives titled, Locations/Dislocations: Transnational and Translocal Perspectives on Feminist Art, 1960-1979.

3.     A praxis-based investigation of feminist, queer, and other art/activist pedagogical experiments since the 1970s, including the Milan Women’s Bookstore Collective, the Lesbian Art Project (Los Angeles), and the Malmö Free University for Women, among others. 



In her teaching, Kennedy is actively engaged in researching and developing experiential and project-based learning initiatives with students, including student-curated exhibitions, digital humanities projects, Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thons, study abroad courses and internships at the Venice Biennale (