Installation shots from Catagenesis a site specific exhibition at Globe Dye Works.
Cheryl Harper holds a MA in Art History from Temple University and a MFA in Printmaking from the University of Delaware. Harper was the staff curator at The Borowsky Gallery at The Gershman Y beginning in 1998. Notable exhbitions included The Banquet: In Celebration of Outrageous Appetites and The Art of Hirschfeld. 1n 1999, under Harper’s initiative, the Gershman Y added a gallery devoted to works on paper. Exhibitions in the inaugural season of The Open Lens Gallery included Kabbalah in Black and White: The Photography of Leonard Nimoy.
Contemporary Israeli projects included Nir Hod’s Heroes’ Tears and Orit Raff’s Behind Closed Doors followed by a multisite exhibition in 2002 titled LandEscapes cocurated with Israeli curator Tami KatzFreiman. In the 2003, Harper’s projects included a solo show for Art Speigelman in Not Just for Grownups Anymore, cocurated with Natalia Indrimi and in the spring of 2003 A Happening Place, funded by the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, a grant program administered by The Pew Charitable Trusts. This project documented groundbreaking exhibitions during the 1960s at The Y that included the second Pop Art show in the United States. In 2004, she reinstalled Sanford Biggers’ Whitney Biennial installation in the Borwosky Gallery. Since leaving the Y, Harper has worked as an independent curator with non-profit arts organizations and university galleries. Her most recent international project was Catagenesis, a show of sculptural installations at Frankford’s Globe Dye Works for which she served curator and co-director with Leslie Kaufman. Recent curated exhibitions include Compulsive Narratives: Stories that MUST be Told, An exhibition inspired by the graphic novel at the Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University Camden; and Home:Human = Cage:Cockatoo part of Artscape 2014 at Towson University Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson, MD.
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