The Institute of Contemporary Art and the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania are pleased to join in a partnership in a series of free public lectures bringing together a group of distinguished architects, landscape architects, planners, artists, and preservationists to Philadelphia.
David R. Harper (B. Toronto, ON. lives and works in Philadelphia, PA) received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Fiber and Material Studies. Harper’s work employs both traditional and non traditional materials such as embroidery, ceramic, and casting materials such as salt and charcoal in a cross disciplinary manner to create objects installations that grapple with notions of loss, love, feelings of belonging and how we use objects to inform our notions of self. Reflecting upon cultural fetishes, museum displayand craft Harper engages the viewer in a dialogue on the historical and emotional weight that objects embody.Harper has been included in group shows at museums in the US and Canada, including MASS MoCA, National Gallery of Canada and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and has participated in numerous solo exhibitions including My Own Personal Ghost (The John Michael Kohler Art Center), Plateau (South Bend Museum of Art) Skin and Bone (Textile Museum of Canada), A solo touring exhibition of Harper’s work titled Entre Le Chien et Le Loup was organized by the University of Toronto in 2013 He has participated in several residencies including the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency (2016) Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (2014), and the Kohler Arts Industry (2012/2014) His work can be found in a number of notable collections including The Museum of Arts and Design, The National Gallery of Canada, The John Michael Kohler Art Center, MMoCA, Everson Museum of Art and the Crocker Art Museum
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Programming at ICA is made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation. Public and Student Engagement at ICA is supported by the Bernstein Public Engagement Fund, Suzanne Weiss Doft & Jacob W. Doft, Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan, the Nash Family Foundation, and by Dana McDonald Strong & Mark W. Strong. Support for OUTSIDE IN is provided by Maharam Digital Projects.