PROVENANCE: Courtesy of the Artist
“A diptych of the Haitian performer, Emeline Michel, in action.”
Terry Berkowitz began her career with public works in urbanscapes (Chicago and New York) and short films reflecting on sociological issues. Working mainly with installation art for four decades, she utilizes whatever medium (or media) will best serve the content (mainly political and social issues) blending sculptural elements, audio, slide projections, film projections,
photography and/or video. The works have often included interviews as a main component. She also works with single- or multiple channel video, drawing, prints, objects and photography. Berkowitz has traveled extensively to research works with subjects as wide-ranging as the lives of Palestinians under occupation (“A Rock and A Hard Place” at the Whitney Museum, 1992),
rape and its resonances in the lives of women (“Backseat”, Sculpture Center, 1994 and “The Malaya Lola Project”, CCP, Manila, 2007 and Galeria Magda Bellotti, Madrid, 2008), and forced expulsions around the world (“Chant for the Unsettled”, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, 1996 and “Veil of Memory/Prologue: The Last Supper”, Metrònom, Barcelona, 1999 and Boca Raton Museum of Art, 2015). This last work was also included in the 1 st Biennial of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia). More currently, she has worked in the refugee camps of Western Sahara in Tindouf, Algeria and with women shellfish harvesters in the Costa da Morte in Galicia, Spain. Berkowitz has had solo exhibitions at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida, Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Sculpture Center in NY, the Joseloff Gallery at the Hartford Art School in Connecticut, Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University, The Alternative Museum in NY, PS1 in Long Island City, 112 Green Street Workshop in New York, and elsewhere. Grants include NEA, CAPS, NYFA, NYSCA, Jerome Foundation. Terry Berkowitz is a Fulbright Scholar and Professor Emeritus (ret.) of Art, Baruch College/CUNY.