The Department of Art has named Shannon Ebner as the Teiger Mentor in the Arts for the spring 2014 semester.
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. Her 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.
"Shannon Ebner's art investigates the multiple ways language is used, abused, and reinvested with meaning in public contexts," says Art Chair and Associate Professor Iftikhar Dadi. "Her work is exemplary for the thoughtfulness in the way it's realized in material and form, for its sensitive understanding of the place where it's located, and in its philosophical and social character. Ebner's engagement as a mentor with the Department of Art will undoubtedly provide challenging and enlightening provocations for our students."
Ebner will visit campus multiple times during the spring semester, and spend several days during each visit meeting and working with students. She will also deliver a public lecture on February 3 at 5:15 p.m. in Milstein Hall.
The Teiger Mentor in the Arts Program was created with a gift from David Teiger '51, a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration. A management consultant who lives in Bernardsville, New Jersey, Teiger is a contemporary art collector and patron of curatorial projects and exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. Ebner is the second Teiger Mentor in the Arts, and follows the inaugural mentor, Josiah McElheny.