Engaging Exhibitions

Haverford’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery has kicked its exhibition schedule up to an ambitious new level, with an array of shows scheduled for the 2009-10 season that will help connect the College more closely to the rich Philadelphia-area art scene and bring nationally and internationally renowned artists to campus.


The season opened September 11 with “Beautiful Human, which runs through October 9 and is curated exclusively for Haverford by Shelley Spector, a Philadelphia sculptor, educator and founder of the pioneering Spector Gallery/Projects, which has become known for setting art world trends and boosting the careers of many young artists. The exhibit focuses on the theme of human beings as both subjects and observers, and features works from six Philadelphia-based artists, including James G. Mundie, Joshua Mosley, Laura Graham and Rob Matthews.

October 23-December 11, the gallery will feature an exhibit entitled “Imaginative Feats Literally Presented/ Three Fables for Projection: Guarded, Flat Land, Lost.” The show offers an unprecedented display of the sound/media installations created by California College of Arts professor Jeanne C. Finley and John Muse, current Visiting Professor in Independent College Programs, whose works have been exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Biennial.

Beginning January 22 and running through March 5, Haverford hosts the East Coast premiere of internationally acclaimed photographic artist Chris Jordan’s first travelling exhibition, “Running the Numbers: An American Self Portrait.” Jordan’s monumental, intricately detailed photographic panels depict the staggering statistics that reflect American culture.

From March 19-April 30, the Gallery presents “Mapping Identity, an exhibit co-curated by Visiting Associate Professor Carol Solomon and Janet Natalie Yoon ’10 that will coincide with Solomon’s interdisciplinary course, “Art and Cultural Identity.”

To make its space more adaptive for these diverse exhibitions, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery has undergone significant renovations, according to Matthew Callinan, Campus Exhibitions Coordinator. “We’re seeking to operate at the highest level possible and with that we need the space to meet certain standards of display,” says Callinan.

In addition to upgrades on the temperature and humidity controls, smoke and heat alarms, sprinkler systems, light fixtures, and security measures, the Gallery has recently had its fabric-covered perimeter walls replaced with paintable dry wall. Another major change in the Gallery took place over the summer with the construction of “floatable” walls, roughly 10 feet tall by 12 feet long, that can be easily moved using a system called an Airsled. “Floatable walls allow us to create different environments for each display,” says Callinan.

Part of Haverford’s larger plan to enhance visual arts on campus, the goal in planning the new exhibition season, says Callinan, was to “get top quality work from challenging artists and curators that would engage the community in new and meaningful ways and expand the scope of what the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery has done in the past.”

Located in Whitehead Campus Center, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery is open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 12-5 p.m., and Wednesdays until 8 p.m. For more information, contact Matthew Seamus Callinan, Campus Exhibitions Coordinator, at (610) 896-1287 or mcallina@haverford.edu.

--Brenna McBride