ABOUT THE PROJECT

People’s Biennial is a traveling exhibition organized by Independent Curators International. People’s Biennial has been shown at art institutions in Portland, OR, Rapid City, SD, Winston-Salem, NC, and Scottsdale, AZ, and will arrive at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College, Haverford, PA in January. The show is comprised of works by five artists from each of the institutions’ local communities, selected by the show’s guest curators Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffmann.

Drawing on a series of open calls and site visits, People’s Biennial features artists who haven’t had significant exposure, or who may not even consider themselves part of the “art world.” By presenting the work of local artists who would not typically show in a gallery or museum, People’s Biennial explores the limits of traditional exhibition models, questioning the politics of the art world and considering sustainable alternatives. Reaching beyond traditional boundaries of art, People’s Biennial includes artworks such as educational science documentaries, paintings made by the act of breakdancing, piñatas, and soap carvings.

About the curators, Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffmann

Harrell FletcherHarrell Fletcher is an artist who has worked collaboratively and individually on socially engaged, interdisciplinary projects for more than fifteen years; his work has been exhibited throughout the United States, and in Europe. He is a professor of art and social practice at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

Jens Hoffman

Jens Hoffmann is director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco. He has curated over three dozen exhibitions since the late 1990s. He was director of exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London from 2003 to 2007. Hoffmann is an adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, a guest professor at the Nuova Accademia de Belle Arti, Milan and a faculty member at Goldsmith College, University of London.

About the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College

An integral part of the John B. Hurford ‘60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery (CFG) is the principal venue for the Haverford College Exhibitions Program, which aims to extend cultural literacy through the display and analysis of work across visual and material media. Envisioning exhibition spaces as active workshops for the exploration of visual culture, the Exhibitions Program partners with faculty, students, and visiting curators to design exhibitions that connect curricular interests and scholarship with contemporary artistic practice.  In so doing, the Exhibitions Program encourages intellectual inquiry and artistic innovation in the Haverford community and greater Philadelphia region.

Drawing on the vibrant arts community and world-class museums and galleries of nearby Philadelphia, the Exhibitions Program showcases some of the region’s most compelling new artwork; at the same time, the program strives to bring noteworthy artistic exemplars of both national and international perspectives to the area.

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