Limning the Liminal Opening Event: Jenifer K Wofford in conversation with Patricia Carino Valdez

Wednesday, February 27 5 – 6 p.m.

Fromm Hall - FR 125 - Maraschi Room

Free and open to the public.

Jenifer K Wofford, Wedged Nurse, ink on paper, 2006

Join us in celebrating the opening of Limning the Liminal with a conversation between artist Jenifer K Wofford and curator Patricia Cariño Valdez as they discuss the themes, influences, and inspirations behind Wofford’s crisp and imaginative work. A reception will follow in the gallery.

About the Exhibition

This work by interdisciplinary artist Jenifer K Wofford returns to notions of the liminal—the threshold between worlds or ideas—to express the intercultural, creative logic of a multi-ethnic Filipina-American raised in Hong Kong, the UAE, Malaysia, and California. With no fixed points in her background, Wofford’s visually crisp artwork exudes imagination, humor, and a healthy appreciation for the absurd.

About the speakers

Jenifer K Wofford is a San Francisco-based artist and educator whose work has been exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, YBCA, San Jose Museum of Art, Southern Exposure, and Kearny Street Workshop as well as at New Image Art (Los Angeles), Wing Luke Museum (Seattle), DePaul Museum (Chicago), Silverlens Galleries (Philippines), VWFA (Malaysia), and Osage Gallery (Hong Kong). She is a 2017 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. Her other awards include the Eureka Fellowship, the Murphy Fellowship, and grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Art Matters Foundation, and the Center for Cultural Innovation. Wofford is part-time faculty in Fine Arts and Philippine Studies at the University of San Francisco. She also teaches or has taught at UC Berkeley, Mills College, the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts and San Francisco State University. She holds degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and UC Berkeley (MFA).

Patricia Cariño Valdez is an independent curator and project manager based in Oakland, CA. Her current projects include: curating Super Sarap at Erica Broussard Gallery (Formerly Gallery 6/6/7) in Santa Ana, CA, which will travel to Asia Society in Texas in March 2019; developing public programs related to special exhibitions such as The World of Charles and Ray Eames and Queer California: Untold Stories at the Oakland Museum of California; and researching and writing as part of Casa de Palomitas, a collaborative research and writing project with Cesar Valdez.  From Spring 2016 - to Summer 2018, she served as the Curator and Director of Public Programs at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in California. Her curatorial projects have been held at numerous art spaces and independent galleries across the Bay Area including the Exploratorium (San Francisco), San Francisco State University, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts (San Francisco), and Pro Arts and (Oakland). Valdez has participated as a speaker and panelist at the Asian Art Museum (San Francisco), Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Living Right Exchange (San Francisco), Stanford University (Palo Alto), and Central Features Contemporary (Albuquerque, NM). Valdez serves on the Public Art Advisory Committee for the City of Oakland. In 2016, she was selected to participate in the Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive in Manila, Philippines. She was born in Manila and grew up along the West Coast of the U.S. Valdez earned a BA in History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts.

Image credit: Jenifer K Wofford, Wedged Nurse, ink on paper, 2006