• image: Paul Mcgeiver
  • Jill Magid, Tender, 2020 120,000 edge-engraved 2020 US pennies Documentation image by Leandro Justen Courtesy of the artist, Creative Time, New York, and LABOR, Mexico City
  • JILL MAGID, TENDER: BALANCE, INSTALLATION VIEW, THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY, 2021. PHOTO: USEFUL ART SERVICES.
  • JILL MAGID, 2020 CENTS / U.S. MINT BALLISTIC BAG, $4000 VALUE, PARTIALLY DISPERSED, 2021. INSTALLATION VIEW IN TENDER: BALANCE, THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY, 2021. PHOTO: USEFUL ART SERVICES.
  • JILL MAGID, IN CIRCULATION, 2020. INSTALLATION VIEW IN TENDER: BALANCE, THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY, 2021. PHOTO: USEFUL ART SERVICES.
  • Image courtesy of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Photograph by Kevin Todora.
  • Jill Magid, Tender Presence, 2022 Performance and installation presented by Creative Time at The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburg Image courtesy the artist, Creative Time, and LABOR, Mexico City photography: Daniel Salemi
  • JILL MAGID, 2020 GLASS PATTERN PENNY, 2021. INSTALLATION VIEW IN TENDER: BALANCE, THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY, 2021. PHOTO: USEFUL ART SERVICES.
  • Jill Magid, Tender Presence, 2022 Performance and installation presented by Creative Time at The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburg Image courtesy the artist, Creative Time, and LABOR, Mexico City photography: Daniel Salemi
  • Jill Magid, Tender Presence, 2022 Performance and installation presented by Creative Time at The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburg Image courtesy the artist, Creative Time, and LABOR, Mexico City photography: Daniel Salemi
  • Jill Magid, Tender Presence, 2022 Performance and installation presented by Creative Time at The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburg Image courtesy the artist, Creative Time, and LABOR, Mexico City photography: Daniel Salemi
  • Installation view, Tender, LABOR, Mexico City. Photography: Ramiro Chaves. Image courtesy the artist and LABOR, Mexico City

Tender

Tender is a multimedia body of work exploring the vulnerable relationship between the economy and human life. It has taken on multiple forms—as a public artwork, a series of sculptures, and a film—all centering on the circulation of pennies, but unfolding with different durations and degrees of visibility.

The first iteration of Tender took place in 2020 with a monumental, nearly invisible, public artwork commissioned by Creative Time. During the height of the pandemic, Jill Magid interceded in the U.S. economy with 120,000 newly-minted 2020 pennies edge-engraved with the appropriated phrase, “THE BODY WAS ALREADY SO FRAGILE,” distributed via cash-in-transit carriers to bodegas throughout the five boroughs of New York. The text evokes both the human body and the body politic – and underscores their interconnection during the coronavirus pandemic. The engraving intervenes between the official iconography of the coins' faces: the heads showing the bust of President Abraham Lincoln; the tails representing Lincoln's preservation of the United States as a single country. The number of Tender pennies is equal to the $1200 stimulus checks that were issued to individuals by the U.S. Treasury as part of the CARES Act. The dissemination of the coins echoes the spread of viral pathogens such as COVID-19.

The public artwork was followed by a body of work collectively called Tender Balance that follows the movement of pennies and some of their afterlives while thinking about absence, loss, and traces left behind.

See also:

Tender: Balance – an exhibition at The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago.

FOCUS: Jill Magid – an exhibition at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Tender Presence – a live installation of film and sound presented by Creative Time at Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburg

Tender - a book published by The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, with Creative Time.