Jennie C. Jones
Listening as Art, Art as Listening

Jennie C. Jones

Post-war San Francisco’s Jazz-rich history can feel powerfully distant on a stroll through today’s Tenderloin or Fillmore districts. Now at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Jennie C. Jones’ Counterpoint revisits San Francisco’s important role in Jazz by focusing on a legendary performance of John Lewis and the Modern Jazz Quartet at the Blackhawk Jazz club. Through transmutations of technical principles into visual forms, Counterpoint transgresses the boundary between Minimalist art traditions and avant-garde Jazz. In a broader sense, it also locates San Francisco as the home of “West Coast Cool.”


Jones’ work has long revolved around the conceptual nature of listening and its implication for fine art practice. In kind, Counterpoint is composed of prints, performance, and sculpture. Here, Jones tells us how her work first came to feature music and listening as its thematic core.