77 Portraits

May 27-September 21, 2014  

Coming from a very straightforward premise and drawn entirely from the collection of the Berman Museum of Art, 77 Portraits brings together a total of seventy-seven works across a range of mediums and time periods, all of which feature the human face or figure. The works on display vary from a sixteenth-century oil painting to very recent photographs, demonstrating that across the ages, the urge to make pictures of people—to make portraits—endures. 


July 7-October 26, 2014 

From the mid-1960s through the 1970s, New York-based photographer Michael Putnam captured images of people from around the world sleeping in public places. His sleepers, found sprawled in parks, curled up on benches, and contorted into all sorts of unlikely positions, express a profound attitude of trust and peace. Putnam’s photographs will also be accompanied by screenings of Andy Warhol’s legendary film Sleep: a five-hour portrait of poet John Giorno at rest.   

Good Neighbors

October 14-January 11, 2015

Good Neighbors is an exhibition concerned with making overtures, gaining trust, and the bonds that are formed by being invited into someone’s personal space. Taking notions of home—which can take many forms—as its starting point, the exhibition features installations and photography by Ursinus faculty members Kay Healy and Sarah Kaufman alongside works by a handful of to-be-determined artists from the region. Over the summer, Healy and Kaufman will join the Berman’s Ginny Kollak and Charles Stainback in visiting artists in their studios throughout the Philadelphia area. Through introductions both targeted and serendipitous, this project seeks to turn casual networks into lasting connections and to highlight an open, vibrant community of artists.

A Stratigraphic Fiction (Time Before Time)

Spring 2015

A Stratigraphic Fiction (Time Before Time) presents sculptures, photographs, films, and works on paper from 1970 to the present, all keyed to recent discussions surrounding the theory of the Anthropocene—a new term for the most recent epoch in geologic time. Though it has not yet been formally adopted, many argue that the profound impact man has made upon the Earth since the Industrial Revolution leaves little doubt that a major boundary has been transgressed. Yet for now the Anthropocene remains uniquely speculative—it is still just an idea, an evocative word, a construct of language. By focusing on both natural and man-made materials, landscapes, and narratives, the artists featured reflect on the beauty, fear, contradictions, and questions that come with forcefully etching ourselves into the language of stones.

Rare Bird: John James Audubon and Contemporary Art 

Fall 2015 

Rare Bird combines original drawings, watercolors, prints, and books by John James Audubon with contemporary works—several of them new commissions—that take as their point of departure the legacy and spirit of Audubon as an artist and naturalist. This is the first in a new strand of exhibition programming at the Berman that features interdisciplinary content and multi-generational practitioners. Among the artists featured in the exhibition are Berlin-based conceptualists Julian Charrière and Julius von Bismarck, the British sculptor Kate MccGwire, and Brooklyn artist Nina Katchadourian.