James Casebere
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BFA in Photography
1976
Professional Photographer

For over four decades, Casebere has built and photographed architecturally based models, which explore the relationship between sculpture, photography, architecture, and film.

His work is in the collections of and has been shown at major museums around the world including the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum (New York); the Tate Gallery (London); the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles); and many others. In 2016, his work was the subject of a major retrospective at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany and has been included in exhibitions highlighting the work of what is now widely regarded as the Pictures Generation, the title of a 2009 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Casebere is also the recipient of three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, three from the New York Foundation for the Arts and one from the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2019 he was awarded the Abigail Cohen Rome Prize through the American Academy in Rome.

His current focus is to create Pavilions for the Future: a new hybrid form of public accommodation by the sea. Borrowing from the geometric simplicity of contemporary tropical architecture in Costa Rica, Casebere reduces the architectural forms he creates to their to basics. Many of these structures are partly elevated, and partly submerged. Casebere states, “as an artist working at the intersection of photography, architecture, and sculpture, my work has always been aimed at the use or effect of architecture on the human spirit. My goal is to juxtapose the unleashed power of nature with the futility or persistence of human effort as it attempts to create intimate spaces of solace and comfort.”