Jenny Schlenzka. Photo: Jen DeNike.

Jenny Schlenzka Appointed Executive Artistic Director of PS122

Jenny Schlenzka, associate curator of performance at MoMA PS1, will be the next, and first female, executive artistic director at PS122 in New York. She will take up her new post on February 1, with her programming beginning in early 2018.

Prior to her role at MoMA PS1, she was the assistant curator for performance at MoMA from 2008 to 2012. At MoMA PS1, she established the interdisciplinary live program Sunday Sessions, which has featured artists such as Mette Ingvartsen (mentioned in Claire Bishop’s Best of 2016 in the December issue of Artforum), Ann Liv Young, and Justin Vivian Bond, as well as new commissions by Anne Imhof, Trajal Harrell, Ragnar Kjartansson, Mårten Spångberg, Matthew Lutz Kinoy, and Tobias Madison.

At MoMA, she co-organized a performance exhibition series with Tehching Hsieh, Simone Forti, Roman Ondák, Jérôme Bel, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, and Allora & Calzadilla. In 2012, she also co-organized the germinal dance exhibition “Some Sweet Day” with artist Ralph Lemon and Jill A. Samuels. She has also worked as a curatorial liaison for the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. Schlenzka received her master’s degree in cultural studies from Humboldt University, Berlin, in 2007.

Enrico Ciotti, president of Performance Space 122’s board of directors, said of the appointment: “At Performance Space 122, we celebrate courage—to challenge preconceived notions, to break barriers, both in substance and form, to take visible actions toward a freer, more expressive, diverse and equitable society. Jenny is a bold risk-taker whose programmatic choices combine a thorough curatorial approach with such great instincts on what it is that makes the heart of our extended community pulse. She will be a great leader at a very exciting time of growth for Performance Space 122.”

PS122 was founded in 1980 and in 2011 began restructuring its support of artists and its business model, as well as the renovation of its building in the East Village.