Alejandro Cesarco Named Fall 2014 Teiger Mentor in the Arts
The Department of Art has named Alejandro Cesarco as the Teiger Mentor in the Arts for the fall 2014 semester. A native of Uruguay, the New York City–based Cesarco has exhibited in galleries and museums in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. Using a variety of media and forms, he addresses repetition, narrative, and the practices of reading and translating.
"'I think art is, in many ways, a form of art history, a way of furthering a dialogue with the past.' This quote, by Alejandro Cesarco, suggests the complexity of his engagement with our cultural inheritance and with the processes of translation, adaption, and representation," says Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Carl Ostendarp. "His work manifests itself in a remarkably varied range of forms — from film, photography, and drawing, to installation and performance, and it possesses an acute sensitivity to its experiential context. His interdisciplinary practice is an exemplary model of the breadth of creative resources available to contemporary artists, and we are extraordinarily fortunate that he has agreed to engage with Cornell's M.F.A. and B.F.A. students as the Teiger Mentor in the Arts for this fall semester."
Cesarco was the winner of the 2011 Baloise Art Prize, with his installation The Streets Were Dark With Something More Than Night Or The Closer I Get To The End The More I Rewrite The Beginning, at Art 42 Basel. He is director of the nonprofit arts organization Art Resources Transfer, where he edits Between Artists, an ongoing series of conversation-based books.
Cesarco's 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 in London (2010). His group exhibitions include Under The Same Sun at the Guggenheim Museum (2014); and Nine Screens at MoMA in New York City (2010). He has also curated exhibitions in the U.S., Uruguay, and Argentina.
Cesarco will visit campus multiple times during the fall semester, and spend several days during each visit meeting and working with students. He delivered a public lecture titled "Some Recent Examples" on September 4 in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium.
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. Cesarco is the third Teiger Mentor. Previous mentors include Shannon Ebner and Josiah McElheny.