Jennifer Packer: The Eye Is Not Satisfied With Seeing

30 Oct 2021 – 17 Apr 2022

Regular hours

11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
10:30 – 18:00
10:30 – 18:00
10:30 – 18:00
10:30 – 22:00

Cost of entry

Adult: $25 (concessions available)

Whitney Museum of American Art

New York
New York, United States


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Jennifer Packer’s paintings and drawings combine observation, memory, and improvisation. Featuring over thirty works from the past decade, The Eye Is Not Satisfied With Seeing is the largest survey of Packer’s practice to date.


Her intimate renderings of friends, family, and flowers evoke the art historical genres of portraiture and still life, while also highlighting the politics of representation.

Her paintings, most recently seen at the Whitney in the 2019 Biennial, slide between the fidelity of depiction and the freedom of abstraction. This avowal of both clarity and opacity endows her paintings with the same complexity she sees in the Black sitters that populate her art—and the world. “My inclination to paint,” Packer has said, “especially from life, is a completely political one. We belong here. We deserve to be seen and acknowledged in real time. We deserve to be heard and to be imaged with shameless generosity and accuracy.”

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Exhibiting artists

Jennifer Packer


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