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Jennifer Brommer "Memphis"

  • Stumptown Coffee Roasters 128 Southwest 3rd Avenue Portland, OR, 97204 United States (map)

Jennifer Brommer | Memphis

Stumptown (Downtown)

Curated by May Barruel

February 1 through March 28th, 2018

Opening reception: Wednesday, February 7, 2018, from 57 PM (with music by Action Sound)


Growing up between two parents in both Memphis and NYC, Brommer’s world was juxtaposed between living in seedy and gloomy hotels—such as The Chelsea—with her mother and observing her grandmother’s world in Memphis filled with country clubs, maids, and chauffeurs. The project Memphis developed when she decided to explore her own discomfort in the world of her grandmother. She became intrigued with the importance her Memphis family placed on projecting a sense of wealth and social grace. Their notion that your home, car, and appearance were of the utmost significance ultimately drew her to photograph people in their home environment, and investigate the role personal objects play in the identity of her subjects. 


Jennifer Brommer is a fine art photographer currently living and working in Portland, OR, and Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA from The San Francisco Art Institute and her BFA from School of Visual Arts. Her work has been shown at The Brooklyn Museum, The San Francisco Foundation, and Anthology Film Archives among others. She can usually be found around 11 am drinking lots of coffee at the Stumptown on Division.           

May Barruel is the fantastic brain behind Nationale, a multifaceted art space dedicated to the promotion of culture through exhibitions, performances, and a selection of carefully chosen goods. She is also a long-time Human of Stumptown. Originally from France, she joined our family in 2005 as a barista, became the manager of our Annex and then the art curator of our downtown Cafe in 2007. Her newest project is curating the Stumptown Artist Fellowship, which celebrates its second recipient this month: Jennifer Brommer. They sat down over a cup of coffee to talk about the newest exhibition. Please check out the artist interview here.