Jordan Karney Chaim is an independent art historian based in San Diego. She holds a PhD from Boston University, where her doctoral research traced the histories of three exhibition spaces (The Woman’s Building, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) in order to illustrate how a flourishing network of alternative spaces became one of Los Angeles’s most significant art-historical developments in the latter half of the twentieth century. Her current work examines the intersections of art and community, focusing on emerging artists and institutional histories in the United States. Jordan's most recent writing can be found in Hyperallergic and HereIn Journal, where she also serves as Contributing Editor.
Still: Amy Adler by Jordan Karney Chaim
Since the 1990s Amy Adler has used film stills and photographs (her own as well as found) as the basis for her work, methodically drawing the existing images, most often in pastel. In the careful construction of her compositions, she stages scenes that buzz with a dynamic charge, even when depicting only a single figure. Jordan Karney Chaim examines Adler’s career, and its evolving relationship with images over decades.