Artist Talk: Teresita Fernández
March 21, 2020
Free for Members. RSVP required.
Artist Teresita Fernández will discuss her mid-career retrospective, Elemental.
Based in New York, Fernández, who was born in 1968 in Miami to Cuban parents, is renowned for her prominent public installations and experiential sculptures. Through her practice, she explores perception and the psychology of looking, regularly manipulating light and space to create immersive, intimate, and evocative experiences. Using a range of materials, including silk, graphite, onyx, mirrors, glass, and charcoal, her minimalist yet substantive installations and sculptures evoke landscapes, the elements, and various natural wonders, including meteor showers, cloud formations, and the night sky. Fernández, who has created site-specific commissions for such public spaces as Harvard College, Madison Square Park, and Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003. In 2005, she was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow for “integrating architecture and the optical effects of color and light into exquisitely constructed, contemplative spaces,” according to the Foundation’s website. Solo exhibitions of her work have been organized at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (North Adams, Mass.); Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (Fla.); and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Texas), among others.
Image credit: Teresita Fernández, Portrait (Blind Landscape), 2008. Polished precision-cut stainless steel and enamel; 56.5 x 136 x 4.25 inches. Edition of 2 with AP 22. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong and Seoul.
Image credit: Teresita Fernández, Fire, 2005. Silk yarn, steel armature, epoxy. In collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA. Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong and Seoul.