Jenelle Porter is an independent curator working in Los Angeles. From 2011–2015 she was the Mannion Family Senior Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston where she organized acclaimed thematic exhibitions such as Fiber: Sculpture 1960–present, and Figuring Color: Kathy Butterly, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Roy McMakin, Sue Williams; as well as monographic exhibitions of Arlene Shechet, Erin Shirreff, Mary Reid Kelley, Jeffrey Gibson, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Dianna Molzan, and Christina Ramberg. Her exhibitions have twice been honored by the International Association of Art Critics.
Prior to her years in Boston, Porter was curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2005–2010) where she organized Dance with Camera and Dirt on Delight: Impulses That Form Clay, as well as monographic exhibitions of Trisha Donnelly and Charline von Heyl. From 1998–2001 she was curator at Artists Space in New York. She was a curatorial fellow at the Walker Art Center, and a curatorial assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Porter has authored books on artists Trisha Donnelly, Sam Gilliam, Charline von Heyl, Liz Larner, Liza Lou, Ruby Neri, Stephen Prina, and Matthew Ritchie; as well as numerous critical essays for catalogues and journals.