Teiger Mentor in the Arts

Sean Landers's Maroon Bells (Deer) (2015), oil on linen, 82" x 62".

The Teiger Mentor in the Arts Program brings internationally acclaimed artists to Cornell to make ongoing visits to studio and seminar classes and conduct individual critiques with M.F.A. students. The program aspires to give undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to make connections with and learn from a diverse range of leading professional artists.

The Teiger Mentor in the Arts Program was created with a gift from David Teiger '51, a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration. Teiger passed away in December, 2014.

Sean Landers — Spring 2017 Teiger Mentor in the Arts

Sean Landers is best known for using his personal experience as public subject matter, and for utilizing diverse styles and media in a performative manner. His newest body of work continues to define and clarify themes he has pursued over his three decades–long career. His paintings uniquely articulate the experience of life as an artist and what it means to make something that will last beyond the lifetime of its maker.

Landers has exhibited extensively in the U.S. and internationally. In addition to solo exhibitions at Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis and Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland, Landers has been included in shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; New Museum, New York City; The High Line, New York City; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Denver Art Museum; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Seattle Art Museum; Deichtorhallen Hamburg; Tate Modern, London; among many others.

Born in Palmer, Massachusetts, Landers lives and works in New York City. He received an M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art and a B.F.A. from the Philadelphia College of Art. He is represented by Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York City; China Art Objects, Los Angeles; Capitain Petzel, Berlin; Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels; greengrassi, London; and Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo.

Landers will deliver a public lecture on March 6, 2017, at 5:15 p.m. in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium in Milstein Hall. 

Craig Kalpakjian — Fall 2016 Teiger Mentor in the Arts

From his early sculpture and installations through his seminal computer generated images and videos, Craig Kalpakjian has consistently addressed issues of technology, surveillance, architecture, and social control. Recent abstract works continue his explorations of spatial visualization. Using non-standard types of perspective, these large-scale inkjet prints present illusions of dimensionality that trouble the distinctions between inside and outside, artifice and reality.

Kalpakjian has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and Europe including a recent show at Kai Matsumiya Gallery in New York City. His work has been included in Artists' Choice: An Expanded Field of Photography at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; Vertigo at Joe Sheftel Gallery in New York City; The Optical Unconscious at The Gebert Institute in Switzerland; Drone-the Automated Image in Montreal; After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Entertainment at Greene Naftali Gallery in New York City; and The Evryali Score at David Zwirner Gallery in New York City.

Work by Kalpakjian is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and has been featured in Blind Spot magazine. He also regularly performs in the band Das Audit.

Public Lecture

Kalpakjian delivered a public lecture titled "Abstract Systems and the Movement of Thought (Inverse/Obverse/Reverse/Perverse)" on September 19, 2016, at 5:15 p.m. in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium in Milstein Hall.

Sam Durant — Spring 2016 Teiger Mentor in the Arts

Sam Durant is a multimedia artist whose work engages a variety of social, political, and cultural issues. Often referencing American history, his work explores the varying relationships between culture and politics, engaging subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement, southern rock music, and modernism.

Durant studied at the Massachusetts College of Art and the California Institute of the Arts. He has exhibited extensively and internationally at venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf; S.M.A.K, Ghent; and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Zealand. His work has also been included in the Panamá, Sydney, Venice, and Whitney Biennales. Durant was a finalist for the 2008 Hugo Boss Prize and has received a United States Artists Broad Fellowship and a City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Grant. In 2006, he compiled and edited a comprehensive monograph of Black Panther artist Emory Douglas's work and recently curated an exhibition titled Black Panther: the Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the New Museum in New York City. 

Public Lecture

Durant delivered a public lecture on February 29, 2016, at 5:15 p.m. in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium in Milstein Hall.

Sharon Hayes — Fall 2015 Teiger Mentor in the Arts

Sharon Hayes

Sharon Hayes engages multiple mediums — video, performance, and installation — in an ongoing investigation into specific intersections between history, politics, and speech. These relationships are central to all of her work from the 2003 performance and video installation Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) Screeds #13, 16, 20, and 29, a respeaking of each of the four audio tapes made by Patty Hearst and the SLA during the period of Hearst's kidnapping, to her current work Ricerche: three, a large-scale video investigation that steps off of Pier Paolo Pasolini's brilliant film, Comizi d'Amore.

Hayes's work is concerned with developing new representational strategies that examine and interrogate the present political moment as a moment that reaches simultaneously backward and forward; a present moment that is never wholly its own but rather one that is full of multiple past moments and the speculations of multiple futures. From this ground, Hayes often addresses political events or movements from the 1960s through the 1990s. Her focus on the particular sphere of the near-past is influenced by the potent imbrication of private and public urgencies that she experienced in her own foundational encounters with feminism and AIDS activism.

Hayes has had recent solo exhibitions at Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York City), Tanya Leighton Gallery (Berlin), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City), and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid). Her work has been shown at the 2013 Venice Biennale, the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the Guggenheim Museum (New York City), and numerous museums and venues in Europe and the Americas. Hayes is also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2014), the Alpert Award in Visual Arts (2013), an Anonymous Was a Woman Award (2013), and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship (2007), among others.

Public Lecture

Hayes delivered a public lecture on September 21, 2015 in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium in Milstein Hall.

Leslie Hewitt — Spring 2015 Teiger Mentor in the Arts

Leslie HewittNew York City–based Leslie Hewitt often works in the space between photography and sculpture. She combines still-life compositions made up of political, social, and personal materials and often presents them in sturdy wooden frames to add structure to the presentation. From that point, Hewitt says, "Mundane objects and structures open into complex systems of knowledge." This perceptual slippage is what attracts Hewitt to both "the illusions of film (still and moving photography) and the undeniable presence of physical objects (sculpture)."

Hewitt studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, the Yale University School of Art, and at New York University, where she was a Clark Fellow in the Africana and Visual Culture Studies programs. She was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and the recipient of the 2008 Art Matters research grant to the Netherlands. A selection of recent and forthcoming exhibitions include MoMA; the Studio Museum in Harlem; Artists Space in Manhattan; Project Row Houses in Houston; and LA><ART in Los Angeles. Hewitt has held residencies at the Studio Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University; and the American Academy in Berlin amongst others. Hewitt is the 2014 Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Fellow awarded by United States Artists.

Public Lecture

Hewitt delivered a public lecture on February 5, 2015 in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium in Milstein Hall.

Alejandro Cesarco — Fall 2014 Teiger Mentor in the Arts

Artist Alejandro Cesarco, a native of Uruguay, uses a variety of media and forms to address repetition, narrative, and the practices of reading and translating.

Cesarco's work has been included in group exhibitions at the MoMA and at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Recent solo exhibitions include Secondary Revision at Frac Île-de-France/Le Plateau in Paris (2013); A Portrait, A Story, And An Ending at Kunsthalle Zürich in Switzerland (2013); Alejandro Cesarco at MuMOK in Vienna (2012); Words Applied to Wounds at Murray Guy in New York City (2012); The Early Years at Tanya Leighton in Berlin (2012); A Common Ground in the Uruguayan Pavilion of the 54th Venice Biennial (2011); and Present Memory at Tate Modern (2010). In 2011, Cesarco was the winner of the Baloise Art Prize at Art42 Basel.

Cesarco received an M.A. from New York University/International Center of Photography in 2000. He lives and works in New York City where he directs the nonprofit arts organization, Art Resources Transfer.

Public Lecture

Cesarco delivered a public lecture on September 4, 2014 in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium in Milstein Hall.

Shannon Ebner — Spring 2014 Teiger Mentor in the Arts

Shannon EbnerShannon Ebner is a contemporary artist who works mainly in large format prints and at the intersection of language, sculpture, and photography. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Ebner's work has been featured in solo exhibits at the Hammer Museum and MoMA PS1, as well as group exhibits, including Things Words and Consequences, at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art's Whitney Biennial; the Sixth Berlin Biennial in Germany; How Soon is Now, an exhibit at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow; the 54th Venice Biennale; and Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language at MoMA, in New York City. In 2009, Ebner's book The Sun as Error was published by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Ebner received a B.A. from Bard College and an M.F.A. in photography from the Yale School of Art.

Public Lecture

Ebner delivered a public lecture on February 3, 2014 in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium in Milstein Hall.

Josiah McElheny — Fall 2013 Teiger Mentor in the Arts

Josiah McElhneySculptor, performance artist, writer, and filmmaker Josiah McElheny was Cornell's inaugural Teiger Mentor in the Arts.

McElheny is based in New York City and is best known for his use of glass with other materials. He received a MacArthur Fellowship "Genius Award" in 2006. His work was the subject of two major survey exhibitions in 2012 and 2013, at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and at the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University. He is widely published, including writing for Artforum and Cabinet magazines, and is a contributing editor at Bomb Magazine. Since 2001 he has been a senior critic in sculpture at the Yale School of Art.

Public Lecture

McElheny delivered a public lecture on October 17, 2013 in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium in Milstein Hall.