Main Line Art Center

Lecture: How Women of the Main Line Reinvented Themselves and Brought Pop to Philadelphia First

May 4, 2016 · 6:00 PM

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In the Center Patty Oldenburg (Mucha) and Claes Oldenburg (in the hat) with Billy Kluver and Bob Watts, with Arts Council members Joan Kron and Elaine Stanton. Works by Segal, Lichtenstein, and Oldenburg. Photo by Joan Kron Papers 1959-1971, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Cheryl Harper, Independent Curator and Artist, will give an Illustrated lecture on ladies who were expected to pour tea but instead became rebel organizers of one of the most unexpected venues for Pop Art in the United States, The Gershman Y. Harper was the curator of the 2003 exhibition of “A Happening Place,” a show on this subject that was underwritten by The Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, a program funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. This talk is being held to coincide with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s spring exhibition, International Pop, running from February 24-May 15, 2016.


Cheryl Harper is an independent curator whose clients include universities, colleges and arts organizations. She was the curator of The Galleries at the Gershman Y in Philadelphia from 1997-2004. Harper was awarded two prestigious Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts project grants in 2001 and 2002 for an exhibition related to the history of Pop Art, A Happening Place, that took place in 2003. Other international projects include the graphic novel inspired, Compulsive Narratives: Stories That MUST be Told at Rutgers University Camden (2014), Catagenesis at Globe Dye Works (2012) Global Warming at the Icebox (2008) and LandEscapes, a show of cutting edge Israeli Art (2002). Her degrees include a M.A. in Art History from Temple University and a M.F.A from the University of Delaware.

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