Wendy White Named Cornell University Teiger Mentor in the Arts

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Installation view of Wendy White's Racetrack Playa (2019).  photo / courtesy of the artist and Shulamit Nazarian

September 3, 2019

The Department of Art at Cornell University has named New York City–based artist Wendy White as the Teiger Mentor in the Arts for the fall 2019 semester. A painter and sculptor, White employs language and aesthetics often related to male-dominated areas, from professional sports and muscle car culture to Abstract Expressionism. The artist uses iconic branding, gestural mark-making, and materials such as denim; she highlights topics of masculinity while producing metaphors that address our current social and political moment.

"What first struck me when I became aware of Wendy White's work, was the sheer constancy of invention involved," says Carl Ostendarp, associate professor of art and director of graduate studies. "From one body of work to the next, a diverse and heterogeneous array of methodologies, iconographies, formats, and media are engaged which expand the means and definition of painting. Yet, this is by no means an insulated or formalist practice, rather this resourcefulness operates in service to a compelling and focused experience which helps us make sense of the wider world."

White's group exhibitions include American Idyll at the S.C.A.D. Museum of Art, Savannah (2018); The World's Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art, curated by Franklin Sirmans and Jennifer Inacio at the Perez Art Museum, Miami (2018); Loves, at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta (2018); The Art Show: Art of the New Millenium in the Taguchi Art Collection at the Museum of Modern Art, Japan (2016); A Walk around the Contemporary Art World after Paradigm Shift, the Museum of Fine Arts Gifu, Japan (2015); Futbol: The Beautiful Game, curated by Franklin Sirmans, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2014); and So Athletic, Kunstverein Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin (2012). She has had solo exhibitions at Kaikai Kiki, Tokyo; Leo Koenig Inc., New York City; Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles; Maruani Mercier, Brussels; Van Horn, Düsseldorf; Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago; Galerie Jérôme Pauchant, Paris; and Galeria Moriarty, Madrid. White received a New York Foundation for the Arts painting fellowship in 2012 and a George Segal painting grant in 2008. Her work was featured in Phaidon's anthology Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting in 2011. White will have a solo exhibition at Museum Goch, Germany, in April 2020.

White holds a B.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

"I'm thrilled to welcome her to the community at Cornell, to hear her speak about her work and to witness her committed engagement with the M.F.A. cohort," adds Ostendarp.

As Teiger Mentor, White will visit campus multiple times during the fall semester, and spend several days of each visit meeting and working with graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Art. She will deliver a public artist talk titled "Pedal to the Metal" on September 30 at 5:15 p.m. in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium 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 U.S. and Europe. White is the 13th Teiger Mentor to date. Previous mentors were Chitra Ganesh, Paul Pfeiffer, Sam Lewitt, Dana Hoey, Sean Landers, Craig Kalpakjian, Sam Durant, Sharon Hayes, Leslie Hewitt, Alejandro Cesarco, Shannon Ebner, and Josiah McElheny.

By Edith Fikes

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