Jennifer Cecere has expanded and experimented with the mapping qualities of needlework as a ready-made overlay for organic design in both urban and rural settings.
She has worked with galleries, public spaces, and corporations, including New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, The Guggenheim Museum, Pratt Institute, Socrates Sculpture Park, MoMA PS1, Cooper Hewitt, Addison Gallery of American Art, Central Park Arsenal, and Green Public Art, as well as the New York City Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), and the City of Newport Beach, California.
Since her 2009 commission for State Fair at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens, Cecere has created site-specific pieces for the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, Jersey Barriers along the FDR Drive; tree guards and benches for Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn; hanging doilies in parks; and water jet aluminum sculptures for Water + Whitehall Streets Plaza in lower Manhattan.
"It's really important for me to create the feeling of handicraft in the city," she says. "My goal is to make visible local history by providing symbols of comfort and community. I want to transform what can often be a banal experience into one with humanity and wit. Transit stations link communities and create cultural hubs by highlighting the ideals of place and identity. What could be better?"
On August 11, 2015, Cecere's suspended sculpture, Chandelier, was installed in the new Little Italy–University Circle Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. The station is located at the junction of two dynamic neighborhoods: Little Italy, one of Cleveland's most old-world neighborhoods, which remains traditionally Italian; and University Circle, which is home to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Art, MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic, and University Hospitals of Cleveland. Designed by Cleveland-based City Architecture, the station is surrounded by historic structures, newer buildings, and public spaces designed by firms that include Farshid Moussavi Architecture, James Corner Field Operations, Frank Gehry, CannonDesign, Phillip Johnson, César Pelli, and CMG Landscape Architecture, among others.
Cecere remains close with classmates and colleagues she met at Cornell. "Some remain my closest friends and colleagues today," she says. "My classmate John Ahearn and many architects —Jill Lerner and Richard Gutman, to name just two — are also close friends. Who knew that more than 40 years later, Cornell would be remain one of the most significant aspects of my life?"
Cecere's studio is located in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan.