Dana Hoey Named Cornell University Teiger Mentor in the Arts

Woman standing outside wearing a winter coat with fists raised and two black eyes.

We On (2016), archival inkjet print, 20" x 24". photo / Dana Hoey, courtesy of Friedrich Petzel Gallery

August 15, 2017

The Department of Art at Cornell University has named Dana Hoey as the Teiger Mentor in the Arts for the fall 2017 semester. Hoey is a New York City–based photographer working in the terrain of feminism since 1996. Hoey's most recent work returns to her earlier proposition that women should be more aggressive as she prompts: "Given the popular phrase 'toxic masculinity,' is it time to consider harnessing fragility and victimhood for power? How will we top from below?" — and welcomes responses.

"I'm especially thrilled that Dana Hoey has agreed to be our Teiger Mentor in the Arts for this fall semester," says Carl Ostendarp, an associate professor and director of graduate studies in the department. "She's an artist I really admire, both for the thoughtful and emotional complexity of her work as well as for her constant invention in the use of photographic, installation, and video genres and forms. Her reputation as an artist is matched by her standing as an instructor and I consider us very lucky to have her."

Hoey has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her photographs were recently exhibited in a solo exhibition titled Five Rings at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, and together with Em Rooney's work at Raising Cattle gallery in Montreal, Quebec. Early this year, her work was included in the group exhibition, We Need to Talk, at Petzel Gallery in New York City, where she is represented. Other recent group exhibitions include Love Job: Kieren Seymour and Dana Hoey at Sutton Gallery in Victoria, Australia; Utopia Banished at Angela Meleca Gallery in Columbus, Ohio; Future Perfect at University Art Musem in Albany, New York; and Uncanny Energy, which was on view at both Art Paris Art Fair in Paris, France, and Analix Forever in Geneva, Switzerland. Hoey's work is held in public collections at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, among others.

As Teiger Mentor, Hoey will visit campus multiple times during the fall semester, and spend several days of each visit meeting and working with students in the Department of Art. She will deliver a public lecture titled, "Dana Hoey: 'Can't Wait to Hit You in the Face*': Violence, Victimhood and Pictures," on September 11 at 5:15 p.m. in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium in Milstein Hall.

*Text sent to Hoey by her fight coach during a recent hospital stay.

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, who died in December 2014, was a management consultant who lived in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Teiger was a contemporary art collector and patron of curatorial projects and exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe. Hoey is the ninth Teiger Mentor to date. Previous mentors have been Sean Landers, Craig Kalpakjian, Sam Durant, Sharon Hayes, Leslie Hewitt, Alejandro Cesarco, Shannon Ebner, and Josiah McElheny.

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