J. Morgan Puett is a transdisciplinary artist working across many forms of education, installation art, clothing, furniture, architecture, film, curation, writing, and more– rearranging the intersections of storefront practices, landscape, fine art, and women’s studies; applying research-based methods with interests in natural sciences, political economies, design, and tactics for collaboration. Morgan’s early work forged new territory for artists working in the social realm with her interventions in the fashion system through a series of storefront installations and clothing/dwelling projects in Manhattan during the eighties and nineties. She then produced a long series of research-based installations about histories of needle trade in museums around-the-world. Puett’s work is innovative in the realm of social engagement in contemporary art and The Mildred’s Lane Project continues to be ground-breaking, socially and politically, stating that being is a practice.
Puett received The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award (2016), The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award (2016), The John and Marva Warnock award (2014), The United States Artists Simon Fellow Award (2011), The Smithsonian Institution Artist Research Fellowship (2009), The Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2005), and The PEW Charitable Trust Award (2005). She received her BFA, painting and sculpture, in 1981 and her MFA, sculpture and experimental filmmaking, in 1984, both from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Puett lives her projects, blurring boundaries, in Pennsylvania/New York.