Jennifer Cecere

Jennifer Cecere was Born in 1950 in Richmond, Indiana to an Italian-American Family. She lives and works in New York City.

Her artwork aims to integrate a feeling of domestic handiwork into the built environment. Doilies were invented by industrious women to hide and protect worn and frayed furnishings (maybe feelings too)." I am drawn to these materials both for their personal and cultural associations."  Growing up in an Italian-American family in the midwest, I was drawn to traditional crafts, and became a 4H girl. Historically, needlework is seen as a safe outlet for female creativity likewise, homemaking. Through the variety of materials that they can be made from, the ways in which they can be displayed, and their references to a variety of subjects. I want to transform space by taking something intimate and domestic and putting it into a public sphere." Handicraft demonstrates a familiarity with domestic materials that ties us with our fragile environment and revives traditions that when integrated with art and architecture reflect our hopes and dreams."

Click on the link below to hear Jennifer describe her process and materials. 

 I have expanded and experimented with the mapping qualities of needlework as a ready-made overlay for organic design in both urban and rural settings.

I began making installations in 1979, when I transformed an abandoned classroom at PS1, now MOMA/PS1. The result was "In My Room", a celebration of women's work" in which I created "furniture" by collaging found fabric, bits of lace, doilies and antimacassars with gel-thickened paint forced through modified pastry tubes.The PS1 installation led to many site-specific installations around the theme of rooms.

BEDROOMS at Sailors' Snug Harbor curated by John Perrault. This acclaimed installation changed an historic sailor's residence into an artistic representation of nautical motifs, icons and reverie. The New York Times called this site-specific exhibit subversive in its use of intensely feminine handicrafts.  " I included the work of women to pay tribute to the many unrecognized women who went to sea, as well as, the anonymous women who crocheted, knitted, and tatted.

Other installation highlights include, Chairs, 1995, Mta/Arts for Transit, Two 8' Tall welded metal chairs in a cage, Union Square Station, NYC.

In 2009, Socrates Sculpture Park, asked me to work outdoors for the first time. I made a twenty foot diameter "doily" of rip stop nylon, sewing all 36 pieces together by hand and suspending  it over the East River. 

My work has been shown in galleries, public spaces, and corporations, including  The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, The Guggenheim Museum, Pratt Institute, Socrates Sculpture Park, MoMA PS1, The Cooper Hewitt,  The Addison Gallery of American 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.

Chandelier, 2015, the winner of a national competition was installed in the first new station in Cleveland in fifty years. Little Italy/University Circle is at the junction of two dynamic neighborhoods. University Circle is home to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Clinic, university Hospitals, Case Western and MOCA.

Please to be exhibiting my sculpture from the late 70's,  in Pattern, Decoration and Crime, MAMCO, Geneva,Switzerland, 10/2018-2019,  and traveling to Le Consortium, Dijon, France in May 2019. 

  • Exhibition organized by Lionel Bovier, Franck Gautherot, and Seungduk Kim, in collaboration with Le Consortium, Dijon.

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