Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2017-18

(Ridgewood, NY)Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow


Born in Manchester, Jamaica (1975), Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow holds a BFA with honors in Painting from New World School of the Arts, University of Florida, (1996) and an MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College, CUNY (2006). Exhibitions of note include “Queens International 4”, Queens Museum of Art (2009), “10th Open Performance Art Festival”, Beijing, China (2009), “Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora”, Royal West Academy of England, Bristol, U.K. (2016), and “Jamaica Biennial”, The National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, J.A. (2017). Solo exhibitions include Rush Arts Gallery (2008), New York, N.Y. and Boston Children’s Museum (2015), Boston, M.A. Her work has also been featured at Exit Art, New York, N.Y., Amelie A. Wallace Gallery at SUNY, Old Westbury, N.Y., MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts), Brooklyn, N.Y., Lehmann Maupin, New York, N.Y., and Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C.

Lyn-Kee-Chow has received a Rema Hort Mann ACE (Artist in Community Engagement) Award (2017), a travel grant from the Consulate General of the United States in Guangzhou, China for her performance work on identity in “Guangzhou Live 5” (2014), and a NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) Fellowship Award in Interdisciplinary Art (2012).

Project Description

"The Picnic: Harvest of the Zephyr" is the largest iteration of my series of picnic performances. This work is made from colorful tablecloths that are collaged into a giant quilted picnic blanket dress structure that I will wear while parading unto a park site with co-performers who wear matching costumes. Co-performers are servants who will accessorize my dress structure with wicker baskets filled with local and exotic fruits, and water. The goal of this work is to create a shared multi-cultural dining and leisure experience in New York City where people from all walks of life are invited to gather and converse harmoniously.

Photo credits (left to right): "Crop Killa", (2010-16) Photo documentation of performance at Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, U.K., Photo documentation Alice Hendy. Performed 2016; "Gypsies' Picnic: The Feast of those gone by", (2015). Performed at Rosekill, Rosendale, N.Y. 2016. Photo documentation Nina Isabelle; "Gypsies' Picnic: The Veins of Oya was Always Here", (2014-15) Photo documentation of durational performance Boston, MA. 2016. Photo documentation Will Curin.