Jennifer Junkermeier is a curator and writer based in the Detroit Metro. She is the co-founding editor of ∞ mile (infinite mile): a journal of art + culture(s) in Detroit. Through reviews, interviews, articles, writings, artist projects and photo essays, ∞ mile aims to foster critical discourse in support of art and culture in Detroit. ∞ mile (infinite mile) is an online monthly journal that released its first issue in December 2013.
Junkermeier was born in Minneapolis, MN and moved to New York, NY in 1999 where she lived and worked until 2011. From 2011 – 2012 she was the European Liaison for Crossing Art Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Queens, New York specializing in International and Asian Contemporary Art with supporting offices in Paris and Shanghai. From June 2008 until November 2011 Junkermeier was the Assistant Director of Crossing Art Gallery in New York. Her shift in positions at the gallery coincided with an opportunity to spend eight months in Paris, France conducting curatorial research while acting as the European Liaison for the gallery’s Paris office. Before joining Crossing Art Gallery, Junkermeier was the Assistant Director of Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery in Brooklyn, NY (now based in Berlin) from 2006 – 2008. Junkermeier studied at the School of Visual Arts, New York where while attending completed a curatorial internship at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum with the assistant to then, Chief Curator, Lisa Dennison.
Junkermeier has worked on numerous exhibitions of contemporary art both independently and collaboratively in both commercial and non-profit spaces. Selected exhibitions include Once around the block (twice) a solo exhibition of work by Scott Kiernan at NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY (2/2011 – 4/2011). The exhibition consisted of a set of 8’ x 6’ paintings and a kinetic sculpture (all strictly black and white) that engaged dialogue about advertising, originality, copyright, universal visual language and fine art by re-positioning found images. Once around the block (twice) was the first ever solo exhibition to be held at the 15-year-old institution and was accompanied by an exhibition brochure published by NURTUREart. Junkermeier was also commissioned to curate a group exhibition for the Newark Arts Council titled Call & Response at a 10,000 sq. ft. space in Newark, NJ (10/2011 – 11/2011). The exhibition included twelve artists examining formal and theoretical structures and systems in three and four dimensional forms within the context of current economic, political, and social disarray from multiple perspectives; local, regional and/or global. Many of the artworks included in Call & Response were newly commissioned works by the artists.
From 2010 – 2012, Junkermeier was part of a two year curatorial project working with a team of five international curators that resulted in an international traveling exhibition titled, 5C5C. The exhibition presented the work of 14 artists working in five cities: Berlin, New York, Paris, Rome and Seoul and explored individual artistic practice and production in a global context. It aimed to shed light on current concerns when presenting artwork to the global art community and demonstrate ways in which the prevailing contemporary art scene is constructed through conjunction between the global and the local. 5C5C opened in KT&G Sangsangmadang, Seoul, South Korea (7/2011 – 9/2011) and then traveled to the CIAC (Centro Internazionale per l’Arte Contemporanea) Genazzano, Rome, Italy (12/2011 – 2/2012). The exhibition was accompanied by a 120 page color catalogue with all text translated in English and Korean, published by workroom, Seoul, South Korea.
Currently Junkermeier is 1 of 6 curators, co-curating the exhibition Paper Route 66 at BravinLee programs in New York, NY (May 28 – Mid-July, 2015). BravinLee invited 6 curators from 6 different cities to select three artists from their respective homes that they feel strongly about. The show will include 18 works on paper selected by Amy Mackie (New Orleans), Paul Meddendorf (Houston), Amanda Sanfilippo (Miami), Jennifer Junkermeier (Detroit), Freddy (Baltimore), and Amanda Donnan and Kim Beck (Pittsburgh).