Sam Durant Named Spring 2016 Teiger Mentor in the Arts

Labyrinth by Sam Durant

Durant's Labyrinth (2014), steel, 8' x 40' x 40'. Image courtesy the artist, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, and Sadie Coles HQ, London. photo / Steve Weinik for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

January 29, 2016

The Department of Art at AAP has named Sam Durant as the Teiger Mentor in the Arts for the spring 2016 semester. Los Angeles–based 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.

"I am pleased and excited to announce that Sam Durant will be the Teiger Mentor in the Arts for the department this semester," says Associate Professor and Chair Michael Ashkin. "Many of his works focus on how historical and cultural objects manifest and are constructed in relation to institutionalized power structures. Revealing art's ability to uncover uncanny historical truths, Durant appropriates and alters the form and context of these objects allowing them to regain agency in pursuit of justice and historical change. Given the wide range of his artistic practice, as well his experience as an educator, I am convinced that he will provide tremendous intellectual wealth to our program."

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.

As Teiger Mentor, Durant will visit campus multiple times during spring semester, and spend several days of each visit meeting and working with students in the Department of Art. He will deliver a public lecture on his recent work on February 29 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. 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 United States and Europe. Durant is the sixth Teiger Mentor. Previous mentors have been Sharon Hayes, Leslie Hewitt, Alejandro Cesarco, Shannon Ebner, and Josiah McElheny.

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