“Looking at the landscape is never passive; you are in the landscape, but the landscape, and everything that has happened there, is in turn also inside of you.”
- Teresita Fernández
Teresita Fernández received a BFA from Florida International University, Miami, in 1990 and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, in 1992. She is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow (2005) and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2003), thecLouis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award (1999), an American Academy of Rome Fellowship (AFAAR) (1999), and an NEA Individual Artist’s Grant in Visual Arts (1994). In 2011, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. She is the first Latina to serve on this 100-year-old federal panel that advises the president and Congress on national matters of design and aesthetics.
While rendering luminous and poetic representations of heavenly bodies, Fernández's landscapes also unapologetically plunge deep into the buried, often omitted or erased colonial violence that continues to shape our present-day perceptions of the people and places around us. Characterized by interactive self-reflection and conceptual wayfinding, Fernández’s work engages in a quiet unraveling of place, visibility, and erasure that prompts an intimate experience for individual viewers.
Solo exhibitions of her work have been organized at the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ (2020); Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami Florida (2019); Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2018); Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY (2017); Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA (2014); Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX (2011); Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH (2011); University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL (2009); and Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain (2005).
Site-specific commissions include Paradise Parados, BAM Harvey Theater, Brooklyn, NY (2021); Night Writing, Park Tower, San Francisco, CA (2019); Vînales (Mayombe Mississippi), New Orleans Museum of Art, Sculpture Garden, New Orleans, LA (2019); Island Universe, Ford Foundation, New York, NY (2019); Autumn (...Nothing Personal), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2018); Double Glass River, Grace Farms, New Canaan, CT (2015); Fata Morgana, Madison Square Park, New York (2015); Golden (Panorama), Aspen Art Museum, CO (2014); Nocturnal (Navigation), United States Coast Guard, Washington, D.C. (2013); Stacked Waters, Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, TX (2009); Blind Blue Landscape, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima, Japan (2009); and Seattle Cloud Cover, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, WA (2006).
Fernández’s work is featured in numerous international public and private collections, including New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Benesse Art Site, Naoshima, Japan; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX; Bloomberg Family Foundation, New York, NY; Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, NY; Grace Farms, New Canaan, CT; Harvard Art Museum, Cambridge, MA; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, TX; LVMH Collection, Paris, France; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL; Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH; Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO; Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
Artists On The Future: Teresita Fernández and Sir David Adjaye in conversation on Stanford University Youtube on Monday, 10 May 2021 at 5 pm (PDT).
This conversation brings together Cuban American visual artist Teresita Fernández with Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye to discuss place, geography, and global environmental issues. The program is free and open to both members of the Stanford community and the public.
Artist Talk: Teresita Fernández On Art And Eco-Trauma in conversation with Hirshhorn associate curator Marina Isgro virtually on Wednesday, 28 April 2021 at 7 pm (EDT).
Artist Talk: Teresita Fernández will be in conversation with Amalia Mesa-Bains at Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, AZ from 6 to 7 pm (MST).
The third annual Lenhardt Lecture features a special conversation between artists Teresita Fernández and Amalia Mesa-Bains. The 2020 Lenhardt Lecture featuring Fernández coincides with the presentation at Phoenix Art Museum of Teresita Fernández: Elemental, a mid-career survey exhibition of the artist’s work, on view now through 3 January 2021.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the lecture will be presented virtually and live-streamed.
The exhibition "Teresita Fernández: Maelstrom" will be on view at Lehmann Maupin, New York from 12 November - 21 January 2020.
Lehmann Maupin is pleased to announce Teresita Fernández, Maelstrom. This exhibition will feature a new series of monumental sculptures and installations that unapologetically visualize the enduring violence and devastation ignited by colonization.
"Teresita Fernández: Elemental" will be on view at the Phoenix Art Museum from 1 October 2020 to 3 January 2021.
"Teresita Fernández: Elemental" is the first major traveling exhibition and the first mid-career survey of works by contemporary artist Teresita Fernández, considered one of the most innovative artists of her generation.
Co-organized with Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), the retrospective showcases more than 50 large-scale sculptures, installations, and mixed-media wall works created by Fernández over two decades, offering Arizona audiences the opportunity to experience her evocative creations that reinterpret the relationships between nature, history, and identity.
Teresita Fernández is included in "Catalyst: Art and Social Justice" at Gracie Mansion, New York, closing 8 September 2021.
Brooklyn Academy of Music is pleased to announce that Teresita Fernández has been comissioned to create a work of Public Art for their campus. Fernandez, whose work often responds to the natural world, will create an interactive installation called "Paradise Parados" for the outdoor terrance aboce the Rudin Family Gallery at BAM Strong, a new space that connects to the BAM Harvey Theatre. They plan for the work to be on view by 2021.
Artist Talk: Teresita Fernández will be in conversation with San Cha, moderated by author Josh Kun, at the Crossfade LAB in Phoenix, AZ from 7 to 9 pm.
Crossfade LAB is an event series organized by CALA Alliance that presents thought-provoking conversations and performances with internationally known Latinx and Latin American artists.
The ninth edition of Crossfade LAB will stage a special meeting between celebrated visual artist and MacArthur fellow Teresita Fernández, and rising music and performance star San Cha. Moderated by author and Crossfade LAB co-curator Josh Kun, the evening will experiment, agitate, and shimmer, blending installations and sculptures with cumbias and telenovelas —a mix of sound and image that will take you across geographies of the Americas, from Cuba to Jalisco, the Bay Area to Miami, New York to LA.
Teresita Fernandez will be included in the exhibition "Bright Golden Haze" at Oklahoma Contemporary from 13 March to 10 August 2020.
This inaugural exhibition uses the themes of light and place as a way to highlight connections across artistic media, cultures and geographic regions, from the plains of Oklahoma to global centers around the world. Titled "Bright Golden Haze", a reference to the first words in the iconic musical Oklahoma!, the exhibition includes artists of national and international renown alongside artists from our area to demonstrate the ways in which contemporary art can be both location-specific and universal.
Artist Teresita Fernandez whose wall mosaic titled "Viñales (Mayombe Mississippi)" is among the works in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, will discuss the influences that shape her art during The Helis Foundation Artist Talk series on Wednesday January 15 at 6 pm.
Teresita Fernández will be included in "Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom" at Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery from 9 January - 8 March 2020.
"Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom" takes as its point of departure an extraordinary—and now lost—historical artifact: a so-called “Book of Paintings.” Its creator was José Antonio Aponte, a free black carpenter, artist, and former soldier who was also the leader of an ambitious antislavery conspiracy in Cuba in 1812. From this starting point, twenty contemporary artists have reimagined Aponte’s book for our present, inviting us to think about the role of art and history in making social change.
Lehmann Maupin is pleased to announce "In Focus: Teresita Fernández" on view now through 4 January 2020. This special installation debuts the artist’s most recent series, Dark Earth, begun in 2019. The presentation will feature four panels made of solid charcoal on chromed metal that delve deeper into the artist’s interest in the buried, layered, and often violent histories of landscape and place.
Merging the conceptual and the material within her Dark Earth series, Fernández sculpts raw charcoal into sumptuously textured, abstracted images that challenge conventional notions of landscape art traditions. These panoramic landscape scenes expand and contract to suggest ancient mountain ranges, bodies of flowing water, subterranean minerals, radiant skies, and the immensity of the cosmos. Fernández’s sense of the landscape suggests not only the physicality of the land, but also the history of human beings who have carefully cultivated it, or abused it, and the subsequent erasure that continues to shape our present-day perceptions of the people and places around us.
Perez Art Museum Miami is pleased to present Teresita Fernández: Elemental. The exhibition will be on view from 18 October 2019 to 9 February 2020. It offers visitors an unparalleled opportunity to experience numerous works by one of the nation’s leading contemporary artists. The exhibition tells the story of a creator who, through her practice, reflects and challenges perceptions of the natural world and the U.S. social order, and asks viewers to contemplate their roles with those spaces. The retrospective will introduce visitors to the artist’s large-scale sculptures, installations, and mixed media works that merge formal and conceptual aspects of her practice through the use of natural materials and the historic genre of landscape to reinterpret relationships between nature, history, and identity. The show will travel to Phoenix Art Museum afterward.
Teresita Fernández and Leonardo Drew will be included in the exhibition "Waking Life" at Ruby City, San Antonio, TX. "Waking Life", the inaugural exhibition for Ruby City, San Antonio's massive new contemporary arts center, will feature works from the Linda Pace Foundation collection and give visitors the chance to see some of the world's greatest contemporary artists. The exhibition will be in three parts, and was curated by Kathryn Kanjo, director and CEO of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
Teresita Fernández has been comissioned by the New Orleans Museum of Art to create an installation piece for the new Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, which opens 15 May 2019. Fernandez will create a 60-foot-long mosaic wall for the garden's main courtyard.
In connection with her public installation in Harvard Yard this fall, Autumn (...Nothing Personal), artist Teresita Fernández will discuss her practice and ongoing research for this major commission by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts. This event will take place on Thursday, 20 September 2018 from 6:00 to 7:30pm at Harvard Art Museums.
On view August 27 through October 1, 2018, Autumn (. . . Nothing Personal) is a site-specific work built for Tercentenary Theatre in Harvard Yard. The title references James Baldwin’s 1964 text Nothing Personal, which was published as a collaborative book with photographer Richard Avedon at the height of the civil rights movement. Fernández’s project centers Baldwin’s text as a collective reading and asks members of the Harvard and local communities to use the sculpture as a social space to read, perform, gather, and debate.
Teresita Fernandez is on view at the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX from 30 August, 2018 - 18 August, 2019. Best known for her experiential sculptures and public installations, 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and Brooklyn-based artist Teresita Fernández presents Fire (United States of the Americas) 2 as the eighth wall installation in the McNay’s AT&T Lobby. Presented in conjunction with Pop América, 1965–1975, Fire invites viewers to contemplate the social history of North America, and offers compelling commentary with striking visual elements that include a large map of the United States.
The Harvard University Committee on the Arts is pleased to present Autumn (...Nothing Personal), a site-specific work built by Teresita Fernández for Tercentenary Theatre in Harvard Yard. The installation will be on view from 27 August - 1 October 2018.
The title references James Baldwin's 1964 text Nothing Personal, which was published as a collaborative book with photographer Richard Avedon at the height of the civil rights movement. Fernández's project centers Baldwin's text as a collaborative reading and asks members of the Harvard and local communities to use the sculpture as a social space to read, perform, gather, and debate.
Lehmann Maupin is pleased to present Rise and Fall, an immersive installation of recent works by Teresita Fernández. For the artist’s second Hong Kong exhibition, Fernández will debut 24 solid graphite and pencil landscapes as an immersive installation. The relief panels, depicting the rise and fall of the tide and shifting horizon lines, are densely arranged on graphite-colored walls where Fernández has extended the blue-hued images by drawing directly on the wall surface. The result is a site-specific installation with thousands of blue horizon lines that rise and fall, surrounding the viewer. The title of the show, Rise and Fall, is also a reference to how this term is used to describe the rhythm and swinging pendulum of power and social movements throughout history.
October 26 – December 16, 2017
Teresita Fernández is included in the group exhibition From a whisper to a scream, at Lehmann Maupin.
Lehmann Maupin is pleased to present From a whisper to a scream, a group exhibition featuring work by Teresita Fernández, Jeffrey Gibson, and Shirazeh Houshiary. The artists in this exhibition all draw from the visual vocabulary of Minimalism in their use of industrial materials, deliberate restriction of form, and engagement of physical space, but do so in order to communicate social, political, and cultural meaning in a way that the 1960s movement always resisted. Through painting and sculpture, each artist transforms this typically self-referential genre into one that speaks as loudly as narrative imagery.
The Olana Partnership is pleased to announce the 2017 featured exhibition, “OVERLOOK” a groundbreaking installation by Artist Teresita Fernández. Working with Guest Curator Sara Meadows, Fernández draws from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and the Olana Collection to reexamine Frederic Church and his contemporaries’ response to the cultures and landscapes experienced during their Latin American travels. “OVERLOOK” features The Olana Partnership’s largest loan exhibition in the Sharp Family Gallery with 55 works from CPPC including “Penetrable” by Jesus Rafael Soto which will be sited within Olana’s designed historic landscape and 18 site specific works by Fernández. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore Fernández’s response and draw their own conclusions through this thought provoking site-specific installation.
Lehmann Maupin is pleased to announce Fire (America), an exhibition of new works by Teresita Fernández. The exhibition will debut a 16-foot glazed ceramic wall panel depicting a nocturnal landscape engulfed in flames, as well as a new series of abstract landscapes made from burned paper. In addition, Fernández will create an immersive, 100-foot panoramic drawing on site comprised of built-up, dimensional layers of solid charcoal applied directly to the gallery’s walls. Titled Charred Landscape (America), the installation will circumnavigate the gallery, surrounding visitors, and dissolving into the white walls.
Teresita Fernández in included in the group exhibition Beyond the Horizon at the Cameron Art Museum.
Contemporary artists Teresita Fernández; Maya Lin; Jason Mitcham and Colby Parsons explore unearthing human interaction with the landscape.
Teresita Fernández is included in A Material Legacy: The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection of Contemporary Art at Princeton University Art Museum.
The exhibition is drawn entirely from the Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger Collection and marks the first time that selections from the collection have been on public view.
The innovative use of materials by many of the most exciting artists working today is the subject of an illuminating exhibition of approximately of 35 large-scale works that offer a real-time glimpse into the varied practices of artmaking over the last decade. The artists included are the descendants of avant-garde artists who emerged a century ago and embraced industrial metals, manufactured objects and other nontraditional materials in the creative process.
Teresita Fernández’s Night Writing (Wittelsbach Graff), 2011 will be included in Touch the Sky: Art and Astronomy, curated by Mary Kay Lambino, at Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, 29 April – 21 August.
As a part of the Unscripted Bal Harbour Art Chat Series, Teresita Fernández will be in dialogue with Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) director Franklin Sirmans at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, FL on Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 pm.
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Art in General is proud to announce the selection of renowned contemporary artist Teresita Fernández as the recipient of the 2016 Visionary Artist Award.
Lehmann Maupin is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by Teresita Fernandez. Fernández’s seventh solo exhibition with Lehmann Maupin, coinciding with her monumental sculptural installation Fata Morgana, currently installed in Madison Square Park in New York, showcases her newest sculptural works—intimate interior landscapes in concrete, cast bronze, and highly-detailed glazed ceramic.
Mad. Sq. Art, the free, contemporary art program of Madison Square Park Conservancy, proudly presents Fata Morgana by New York-based artist Teresita Fernández, the Conservancy’s largest and most ambitious outdoor sculpture to date. The outdoor sculpture, which will consist of 500 running feet of golden, mirror-polished discs that create canopies above the pathways around the Park’s central Oval Lawn, will be on view in Madison Square Park beginning June 1, 2015.
Fata Morgana opens at Madison Square Park 1 June 2015, rain or shine - 5:30 - 7:30pm.
Madison Square Park Conservancy and acclaimed artist Teresita Fernández today announced details regarding Fata Morgana, a major public art installation in Madison Square Park to be on view April 30, 2015 – January 10, 2016. The outdoor sculpture, the largest and most ambitious ever mounted by Mad. Sq. Art, the free contemporary art program of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, will consist of 500 running feet of golden, mirror-polished discs that create canopies above the pathways around the park’s central Oval Lawn.
30 April 2015 - 10 January 2016
Teresita Fernández will be included in Piece by Piece: Building a Collection at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, explores a selection of 32 objects by 25 national and international artists that evoke meditations on process, pattern, and material. Together the works engage with themes of abstraction, the body and gesture, race and politics, as well as landscape and geography; ultimately coalescing into the distinguished vision and influence of the collector in the building and shaping of a unique collection.
30 January – 26 April 2015
Kyoto University of Art & Design will present the exhibition 'Nishijin Sky : Teresita Fernández + HOSOO.' For Nishijin Sky, Fernández created a luminous golden landscape that recalls a horizon of rising and falling water surrounded by an atmospheric darkness reminiscent of cinematic dissolves and film projections. To interpret this image, Masataka Hosoo invented a weaving machine in order to present Fernández’s image as a kinran-donsu textile (thick brocaded satin), transforming it into a free-standing landscape sculpture that can be viewed from all sides. The result is a meeting of contemporary art and traditional craft.
2 October 2014 to 16 January 2015
The Trustees of The Linda Pace Foundation announce an artist talk by Teresita Fernández, a renowned contemporary artist whose work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, at 11AM, Saturday, September 6, 2014 at SPACE. The talk is free and open to the public.
During her talk, Fernández, a 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and recipient of many prestigious works, will reflect on her new works, including her recent show at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, “As Above So Below,” a large-scale exhibition in which Fernandez combined graphite and gold to make a series of immersive, interconnected installations. Twin, a work created by Fernández in 2002 and owned by the Linda Pace Foundation, is part of the PACE GEMS exhibition currently on display in SPACE.
11AM, Saturday, 6 September 2014
Teresita Fernández’s latest solo show of new work As Above So Below, opening at MASS MoCA on May 24, 2014, combines graphite and gold to create a series of immersive, interconnected installations whose scale shifts from intimate to vast, from miniature to panoramic.
Opening 24 May 2014
Lehmann Maupin is honored to open it’s fall season in Hong Kong with the first solo show in China of acclaimed American artist Teresita Fernández, whose conceptual, experiential works are often characterized by an interest in perception and the psychology of looking.
12 September – 9 November 2013
Teresita Fernandez and Tam Van Tran will be included in the group exhibition Pattern: Follow the Rules at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.
22 March - 23 June 2013
The Aspen Art Museum is proud to announce the selection of
renowned contemporary artist Teresita Fernández as the recipient of the museum’s 2013 Aspen Award for Art.