Harvestworks | 596 Broadway, #602
Opening: Thu, April 25 7-9pm
Installation: Fri through Sun, April 26-28 from 2 to 6pm
Terry Berkowitz will show works at Harvestworks that deal with the urban environment.
“12 Hours of Territorial Intrusion” (1975) was originally shown as part of “Lives”, an exhibition curated by Jeffrey Deitch at the Fine Arts Building in New York. For this performative work dealing with urban landscape, paranoia and discomfort, Berkowitz had a photographer track her as she walked around the city recording sound when her personal space was violated. The work includes photographs and a cassette player.
In the larger space, a single channel video, “Construction/Deconstruction” (2009), has been reconfigured to include installation elements. The work addresses the use of tower cranes in city environments, focusing on how they endanger both workers and the public.
Terry Berkowitz began her career with public works created in ‘urbanscapes’ (Chicago and New York) and short films reflecting on sociological issues. Working mainly with installation over the last few decades, she utilizes whatever media will best serve the content of the work. Sculptural elements are blended with audio (found sound, music, etc.), slide and film projections, photography and/or video. The works may include interviews as a main component.
Berkowitz travels extensively to research works that have included subjects as wide-ranging as the lives of Palestinians under occupation (“A Rock and A Hard Place” at the Whitney Museum, 1992), rape and its resonances in the lives of women (“Backseat”, Sculpture Center, 1994 and “The Malaya Lola Project”, CCP, Manila, 2007 and Galeria Magda Bellotti, Madrid, 2008), and forced expulsions around the world (“Chant for the Unsettled”, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, 1996 and “Veil of Memory/Prologue: The Last Supper”, Metrònom, Barcelona, 1999).
She has had solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston; the Joseloff Gallery at the Hartford Art School in Connecticut; Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University; The Alternative Museum, NY; PS1in Long Island City; 112 Green Street Workshop in New York; and elsewhere in addition to those mentioned above. Grants include NEA, CAPS, NYFA, NYSCA, Jerome Foundation.
Terry Berkowitz is a Fulbright Scholar.