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Jessica Todd Harper: The Home Stage
January 23 – March 28, 2015
Thursday, January 22: Gallery Talk by the artist and John Caperton: 5:30pm;
Opening Reception: 6:00-8:00pm

PHILADELPHIA: The Print Center opens its Centennial year with Jessica Todd Harper: The Home Stage, the first solo exhibition in Philadelphia by the renowned photographer (b. 1975, Merion, PA). The exhibition coincides with the release of her second monograph of the same name (Damiani Editore).

The Home Stage continues Harper's photographic investigation into her own life and extended family, as well as the families of friends and other acquaintances. In many of her images we see Harper with her three young children and husband in scenes that writer Alain de Botton describes as showing "ordinary life in the family, an especially poignant subject, because marriage and life with children are always buffeted and frustrated by inescapable difficulties." Harper herself has said that the work grew out of an "overwhelming sense that when we became parents, Chris and I had entered into an alternate and strange world."

Harper's figures are captured in images suffused with gorgeous light recalling the work of painters from other centuries, including Whistler, Sargent and Vermeer. Photography curator Alison Nordström has written that while Harper's works are "casual in their framing, composition and content, they offer the initial impression that the viewer is a fly on the wall, accidentally observing the most intimate of interactions. In fact these images are carefully thought out, planned, and constructed." The Home Stage presents a world that is both deeply personal and deftly orchestrated. 

Harper has had recent solo exhibitions at Rick Wester Fine Art, New York, NY; Galerie Confluence, Nantes, France; Cohen Amador Gallery, New York, NY; and The Museum of Art, Ball State University. Her work has also been included in recent group exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; Gallery 339, Philadelphia, PA; The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY; Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; and Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Harper's work is held in the collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA; Haverford College, Haverford, PA and the Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA. Harper earned her BA from Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA and her MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.

This exhibition was awarded from The Print Center's 88th Annual International Competition, juried by Julia Dolan, Minor White Curator of Photography, and Bruce Guenther, Chief Curator, Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, both of the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR.

Jessica Todd Harper: The Home Stage will be on view January 23 - March 28, 2015, from 11:00am-6:00pm, Tuesdays-Saturdays. An opening reception will be held Thursday, January 22, from 6:00-8:00pm, with a gallery talk by the artist at 5:30pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

Denise Bookwalter: The Knitter's Hand and
the Telegrapher's Fist
January 23 – March 28, 2015
Thursday, January 22: Gallery Talk by the artist and John Caperton: 5:30pm;
Opening Reception: 6:00-8:00pm

PHILADELPHIA: Denise Bookwalter: The Knitter's Hand and the Telegrapher's Fist brings together  new prints and artist's books by the Tallahassee, FL based artist. Bookwalter's works come out of her extensive research into a wide range of topics, from experimental machines to origami, and take experimental forms based on book structures and packaging.

Bookwalter's practice is noted for its intriguing and unexpected approaches to the forms, structures and processes related to book making. Her diverse approaches in recent works have included burning text into the page, creating 3-D models within the pages of a book and utilizing modular systems to construct complex works. At the same time, Bookwalter's work involves exhaustive research into highly specific subjects, including the biographies of almost-forgotten early aviators. "The disregarded records, figures or facts," Bookwalter says, "merge and become the atypical moments that facilitate my knowledge of materials, technology and objects. These moments nourish intuition and lead to invention. The combination of research, information and play is the subject of my work." The title of the exhibition refers to the translation of instructions and codes into handmade objects. "Knitters follow coded knitting patterns but each hand will produce a slightly different object," Bookwalter says, "When sending telegraphs each operator had a distinct style called the telegrapher's fist. It is the variation of the human hand in interpreting these codes and languages that inspire my work for this show."

In 2009, Bookwalter founded Small Craft Advisory Press, an artist's book press at Florida State University, which creates artist's book editions that push the boundaries and traditions of book arts. Recent projects have included editions by Katie Baldwin, Lee Emma Running, Michelle Ray and Allison Milham.

Recent solo exhibitions of Bookwalter's work have been organized by the Alexander Brest Museum, Jacksonville, FL; Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH; Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, Edison College, Fort Meyers, FL; and the Misciagna Center Sheetz Gallery, Penn State, Altoona, PA. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA; International Print Center New York, New York, NY; Turner Print Museum, Chico, CA; and the Haydon Art Center, Lincoln, NE.

This exhibition was awarded from The Print Center's 88th Annual International Competition, juried by Julia Dolan, Minor White Curator of Photography, and Bruce Guenther, Chief Curator, Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, both of the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR.

Denise Bookwalter: The Knitter's Hand and the Telegrapher's Fist will be on view January 23 - March 28, 2015, from 11:00am-6:00pm, Tuesdays-Saturdays. An opening reception will be held Thursday, January 22, from 6:00-8:00pm, with a gallery talk by the artist at 5:30pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Print Center celebrates a century of inspiring printmaking and photography and encourages the growth and understanding of photography and printmaking as vital contemporary arts through exhibitions, publications and educational programs. The Print Center has an international voice and a strong sense of local purpose. Free and open to the public, it presents changing exhibitions which highlight established and emerging, local, national, and international contemporary artists. It mounts one of the oldest art competitions in the country, now in its 89th year and the Gallery Store offers the largest selection of contemporary prints and photographs available for sale in Philadelphia.

The Print Center Begins its 100th Anniversary with a $100,000 Award From The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

PHILADELPHIA, PA—(January 21, 2015)—The Print Center has been awarded a two-year, $100,000 grant for program support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This funding will enable The Print Center to continue creating exceptional programming and exhibitions that promote and explore photography and printmaking as essential elements of contemporary visual art.

“We are thrilled to begin our 100th anniversary year with this prestigious award from The Andy Warhol Foundation,” said Elizabeth Spungen, Executive Director of The Print Center. “As a prior recipient of this award in 2009, we understand the value of the Foundation’s support and look forward to the exciting advances that The Print Center will make with the help of this latest funding.”

Rachel Bers, Program Director for the Warhol Foundation said, “the Foundation is thrilled to support an organization that, at 100 years old, is able to make vital and relevant contributions to contemporary art discourse.” The primary focus of the Foundation’s grantmaking activity has been to support the creation, presentation and documentation of contemporary visual art, particularly work that is experimental, under-recognized, or challenging in nature. The award comes at the same time that the Warhol Foundation has closed a final record-breaking round of art donations and is entering a new phase focused solely on grantmaking.

 “The receipt of this award speaks to the vitality of print in contemporary visual art, which remains at the core of The Print Center’s mission,” said Spungen.

Since 1915, The Print Center has served as a venue that supports the dissemination, study, production and collection of works by local, national and international printmakers and photographers. The Print Center mounts five to ten solo and group exhibitions annually and hosts a series of ongoing educational programs.

Upcoming Exhibitions:
January 23 – March 28, 2015
Jessica Todd Harper: The Home Stage
Denise Bookwalter: The Knitter's Hand and the Telegrapher's Fist

April 17 – July 11, 2015
Michael Mazur: The Inferno of Dante (in collaboration with the Network for New Music)
Solo Exhibition Award Winners from the 89th Annual International Competition