Cara Benedetto

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What is my work about?

My work is about the process of becoming woman. The voice is multiple, emotional, vulnerable, considerate, and assertive. It is the voice of a self that is becoming part of the social, a sexate being, a citizen and member of the world, unafraid of imposed structures and psychologies of fear, domination, and subordination. A voice that is as angry as it is willing, desirous of being represented in a complex way. A voice that resists the enslavement of women for free labor that the patriarch and capitalism both demand and rely upon.


Artist Statement

The work has come to center on the interrelation between feminism, language and ethics.  Precarious language and subjects highlight the vulnerability necessary to engage in a critique of the self as well as larger systems of power. The voices consider one another in order to support between women exchanges and to cultivate a feminine subjectivity.





Master of Fine Art, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, NY


Professional Printer Trainer Program, Tamarind Institute of Lithography, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM


Bachelor of Fine Art, University of Wisconsin River Falls, River Falls, WI


Performances and Collaborations


Come Early and Often, A Benefit Event, Chapter NY

Wing & Wing, in collaboration with Danna Vajda, Art Metropole, Toronto, ON

SLOTS, in collaboration with Davida Nemeroff, Young Art Gallery, LA, CA


The Aesthetics of Love, Performance, Night Gallery, LA, CA


G.B.M.F, in collaboration with Douglas Boatwright, Souterrain, Berlin, GE

Where the Skin Gets Pinched, in collaboration with Davida Nemeroff, Young Art Gallery, LA, CA


Breaking Waves, Performance, Taxter and Spengemann, NY, NY


MADAM presents ACCESSORX, in collaboration with Mira Dancy, Night Gallery, LA, CA


Selected Exhibitions


Autograft, Laurel Gitlen Gallery, NY, NY

Unlike Scene, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, GE

Bad Conscience, curated by John Miller, Metro Pictures, NY, NY


XOXO, Night Gallery, LA, CA

Nackter Glaubigen, curated by Davida Nemeroff, Infernoesque, Berlin, GE

Madam Zazouf, curated by Pati Hertling, NY, NY


How to Download a Boyfriend, curated by Ian Cheng, Badlands Publishing Inc, NY, NY


How I was burned, Oh the mountains, Galeri Marquise Dance Hall, Istanbul, TK


NEW YORK, Night Gallery at Participant Gallery, NY, NY

Das Heilmittel, Night Gallery, Frankfurt, GE

Brooklyn is Burning, Berkley Art Museum, Berkley, CA

Queer Voice, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

Idea for the Here and Now, curated by Transformazium, Christina Ray Gallery, NY, NY

Forte, Audio Visual Arts, NY, NY


New Prints 2009, International Print Center of New York, NY, NY

The living and the dead, curated by Darren Bader, Gavin Brown Enterprise, NY, NY

Columbia University SoA MFA Thesis Show, curated by Joao Ribas, Fischer Landau Center, NY

The Practice of Joy Before Death, curated by Arlen Austin, Scaramouche Gallery, NY, NY


Columbia University SoA MFA First Year Show, curated by Regine Basha, Columbia University, NY


Curatorial Projects


Invagination: Mother Lover, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunste Theater, Stuttgart


Invagination Requires Write to Life, Night Gallery LA, CA


Invagination: Hunger is Real, H.E.N.S Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Invagination: A Seagull Presents Woman to Woman, Kara Walk Studio, NY, NY


Invagination and the death of a hamster: 4 those with and without, Kara Walker Studio, NY, NY



MADAM, Co-Founder, NY, NY

HANS EISLER NAIL SALON, Communications Director,NY, NY

Holding Her Shape Collects, Co-Founder, NY, NY

Forte Magazine, Contributing Editor, NY, NY

Columbia University Graduate Artist and Art Historian Lecture Series, Co-Founder, NY, NY



Flash Art, Horror and Abuse, November 2014

Burnaway, Introductory Interview, August 2013, Atlanta GA

Night Papers, Issues 1, 2, 3 & 4, Los Angeles, CA

Qui Parle, Critical Humanities and Social Sciences, Special Dossier: Affect Theory, Vol. 20, Number 2, Spring/ Summer 2012, Berkley, CA

A Tale of Three Cities Journal #2, The Home Issue, 2012, London




Turning a Page| Cara Benedetto at Taxter & Spengemann, New York Times Magazine, by Kevin McGarry, November 14, 2011

LA Weekly, Big Holes and Female High Jumpers, by Catherine Wagley, March 4, 2012

Work It, Working Mother: L.A. Summer Performances, Art in America, by Catherine Damman, July 24, 2013

This Book Owns No One This Book Owes No One, The Art Book Review, by Mieke Marple, July 29, 2013


Teaching Experience

2014 – Present

Visiting Professor of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA


2013 – 2014

Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Professor of Art, Performance and New Media, Stuttgart, GE


2009 – 2012

Columbia University SoA, Profess of Art Adjunct Faculty


Not for Profit Professional Experience

2012- 2013, Artadia, Program Director, NY, NY

2010- 2012, Community Environmental Center, NYC CoolRoofs, Program Director, NY, NY

2003-2010, Publicolor Inc., Program Outreach Coordinator, Site Coordinator, Event Planner, NY, NY



Grants and Scholarships


Cooperation Fellow, Academy Schloss Solitude and Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunste


Souterrain Artist Residency, Berlin, GE


Columbia University SoA Scholarship, Catwalk Residency, Catskill, NY

Columbia University SoA Compass Fund Scholarship, Mildred’s Lane Residency, PA


Columbia University SoA Merit Scholarship, NY, NY


Columbia University SoA Leroy Neiman Center for Print Studies Fellowship, NY, NY


Tamarind Institute Teaching Grant, Artists Studio, St. Petersburg, RU


UW-RF Teaching Grant, Athens School of Fine Art, Solar Plate Workshop, Athens, GR