Jenn Sichel

Biography

Jenn Sichel is a PhD candidate studying modern and contemporary art. Her dissertation, "Criticism without Authority: Gene Swenson, Jill Johnston, Gregory Battcock," argues that art criticism became a vital site for new, queer experiments with language, activism, and intermedia practice in the thick of New York City’s art world in the 1960s. Jenn has held predoctoral fellowships at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and the Terra Foundation Summer Residency in Giverny. At UChicago, Jenn has taught an undergraduate survey course in art of the post-war US, has served as a Preceptor for the MA Program in the Humanities (MAPH), and has taught an art history methodologies seminar to MAPH students.

Jenn holds a BA in art history and philosophy from Boston University and an MA in art history from Williams College. During her time at Williams, she held a curatorial fellowship at MASS MoCA. Before arriving at UChicago, Jenn served as the researcher and contributing author to the exhibition and catalogue Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, which opened at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in 2010. Her article "'Do you think Pop Art's queer?' Gene Swenson and Andy Warhol" is forthcoming in the Oxford Art Journal 41.1 in March 2018.