Washington Post   Fog x FLO, Emerald Necklace   “  Fog x FLO   was commissioned by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy to mark its 20th anniversary and was organized by curator Jen Mergel. Can something as evanescent as fog be described as sculpture? If fireworks paint the night sky, and dance is drawing with the whole body, fog can surely be sculpture. Nakaya’s fog squirts out of nozzles, spills into the atmosphere and interacts with the air all around. It is intimately concerned with experience in three-dimensional space. That makes it inherently sculptural.”

Washington Post

Fog x FLO, Emerald Necklace

Fog x FLO was commissioned by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy to mark its 20th anniversary and was organized by curator Jen Mergel. Can something as evanescent as fog be described as sculpture? If fireworks paint the night sky, and dance is drawing with the whole body, fog can surely be sculpture. Nakaya’s fog squirts out of nozzles, spills into the atmosphere and interacts with the air all around. It is intimately concerned with experience in three-dimensional space. That makes it inherently sculptural.”

WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station   Fog x FLO, Emerald Necklace   “Mergel acknowledges plenty of people don’t know this artist’s name. ‘She deserves to be known as well as James Turrell or Robert Smithson and these other figures who have been doing art with light and space and nature for decades,’ the curator continues. ‘She has been too — and she's been doing something that has been consistent, it has been timeless, and right now it is timely in terms of climate responsive art.’ Beginning last October, Mergel and Nakaya spent hours wandering along pioneering landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s five-mile chain of waterways and parks.”

WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station

Fog x FLO, Emerald Necklace

“Mergel acknowledges plenty of people don’t know this artist’s name. ‘She deserves to be known as well as James Turrell or Robert Smithson and these other figures who have been doing art with light and space and nature for decades,’ the curator continues. ‘She has been too — and she's been doing something that has been consistent, it has been timeless, and right now it is timely in terms of climate responsive art.’ Beginning last October, Mergel and Nakaya spent hours wandering along pioneering landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s five-mile chain of waterways and parks.”

Artforum   The Armory Show, New York   “Jen Mergel, an independent curator who was once the senior curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Gabriel Ritter, the head of contemporary art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, have been hired to organize special sections within the 2018 Armory Show. Ritter will oversee the fair’s Focus section, while Mergel will be in charge of Platform, an area devoted to site-specific and large-scale artworks.”

Artforum

The Armory Show, New York

“Jen Mergel, an independent curator who was once the senior curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Gabriel Ritter, the head of contemporary art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, have been hired to organize special sections within the 2018 Armory Show. Ritter will oversee the fair’s Focus section, while Mergel will be in charge of Platform, an area devoted to site-specific and large-scale artworks.”

New York Times  Political Intent, MFA   "Still, Jen Mergel, senior curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, said: “My job as a curator is to make decisions about what to include, or what to show and what not to,[...] I see that as a political decision. The role of the museum is to present art, prompt dialogue.”

New York Times
Political Intent, MFA

"Still, Jen Mergel, senior curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, said: “My job as a curator is to make decisions about what to include, or what to show and what not to,[...] I see that as a political decision. The role of the museum is to present art, prompt dialogue.”

Boston Globe  Shinique Smith: Bright Matter   "Then there’s a magical installation, “Breath & Line,” in which Smith fills a shadowy room with mirrors written over with black paint in her elegant graffiti. Oblique lights cast reflections of those liquid gestures over the walls."

Boston Globe
Shinique Smith: Bright Matter

"Then there’s a magical installation, “Breath & Line,” in which Smith fills a shadowy room with mirrors written over with black paint in her elegant graffiti. Oblique lights cast reflections of those liquid gestures over the walls."

Boston Globe  Sonic Blossom, MFA   "[The songs] revolve around a central idea, said Jen Mergel, the MFA’s senior curator of contemporary art: “The beauty of a fleeting moment. Moonlight recalls lost love. The sun shimmering on water, the brevity of life.”

Boston Globe
Sonic Blossom, MFA

"[The songs] revolve around a central idea, said Jen Mergel, the MFA’s senior curator of contemporary art: “The beauty of a fleeting moment. Moonlight recalls lost love. The sun shimmering on water, the brevity of life.”

Improper Bostonian  Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales   “This is not meant to be a general overview or survey,” says Jen Mergel, the MFA’s Beal Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art. “This is meant to be an exhibit with teeth.” She’s talking about Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection."

Improper Bostonian
Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales

“This is not meant to be a general overview or survey,” says Jen Mergel, the MFA’s Beal Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art. “This is meant to be an exhibit with teeth.” She’s talking about Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection."

Boston.com  From the ICA to the MFA   "Jen Mergel, 33, now associate curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, will arrive at the MFA in February, at a critical moment for Boston’s biggest museum. In November, the MFA will open a huge new wing. And in 2011, as part of a long-planned $500 million expansion [...]"

Boston.com
From the ICA to the MFA

"Jen Mergel, 33, now associate curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, will arrive at the MFA in February, at a critical moment for Boston’s biggest museum. In November, the MFA will open a huge new wing. And in 2011, as part of a long-planned $500 million expansion [...]"

New York Times  The New Guard of Curators Steps Up   “I started teaching studio art courses at Harvard,” she said. “But I loved talking about other artists’ work rather than doing my own.” Now she is the senior curator for contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston [...] "This is a big, big step for Boston."

New York Times
The New Guard of Curators Steps Up

“I started teaching studio art courses at Harvard,” she said. “But I loved talking about other artists’ work rather than doing my own.” Now she is the senior curator for contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston [...] "This is a big, big step for Boston."