Jennifer Cecere (AA ’69) has spent much of her career creating artworks that activate public spaces while challenging traditional perspectives on “women’s work.” Long associated with the Pattern and Decoration movement, Cecere is best known for bold installations that draw attention to handicraft by reimagining the domestic doily within the built environment.
In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy becoming a single institution, Cecere will create two site-specific installations. Referencing and recontextualizing the humble lace ornament, an oversized and reflective doily will adorn the Addison’s façade, while one of the artist’s signature doily benches will enliven the Abbot Circle. Dynamically linking both campuses, Cecere’s bold and outsized designs will encourage reconsideration of the habitually overlooked contributions of women artists and, by extension, the often underappreciated yet lasting impact of Abbot Academy on the culture and traditions of Phillips Academy.
Generous support for this installation is provided by the Abbot Academy Fund, continuing Abbot’s tradition of boldness, innovation, and caring.