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A Guide to Jen Everett's 2024 Exhibition, "Could You Dim the Lights?"

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About the Curators

Co-curated by Amy L. Powell, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Co-Curated by Blair Ebony Smith, Assistant Professor of Art Education and Gender and Women’s Studies

Supported by the James and Beth Armsey Fund and the Richard M. and Rosann Gelvin Noel Krannert Art Museum Fund. We gratefully acknowledge the Peter J. Cohen Collection, New York; Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, Chicago; George B. Vashon Museum of African American History, St. Louis; and Media Preservation at the University Library.


Ladies Love Jen,

2023. Digital collage.

Courtesy of the artist. © Jen Everett

About the Show: 

Could you Dim the Lights? is on display from February 1st, 2024 to October 5th, 2024. Throughout her process, Jen Everett remixes images of herself in conversation with the materials she collects to talk about Black life, kinship, and collective gathering.  Could you dim the lights? is Everett’s first solo museum presentation. Jen Everett (b. 1981) is from Southfield, Michigan, and currently based in St. Louis. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Baltimore Art Museum, the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago, Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, and many other national and international venues. She was a 2021-22 Duke University DocX Archive Lab fellow. ​​​​​​

About this guide:

This guide provides resources to help viewers of the show learn more about the artists and the themes of the show, featuring information about the artist, exhibition materials, and a selection of previous works.

About KAM and the Collection

Krannert Art Museum (KAM) is a museum of fine arts that houses the University of Illinois art collection. To learn more about the museum and upcoming exhibitions and events, visit the museum website

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