Exhibitions . About Reinberger Gallery
CIA's Reinberger Gallery supports the creative work of professional artists by providing quality exhibition opportunities. It also serves CIA students, faculty and the community as an educational resource, and particularly to encourage artistic growth and experimentation through well-presented exhibitions, events and lectures.
There are painters who are craftsmen; there are jewelers who are artists. I maintain that the finest art, in any medium, results from those who are both artists and craftsmen.
— William Harper
In the world of artist William Harper’s vibrant and improvisational jewelry, craftsmanship and concept are always entwined. Visitors to the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Reinberger Gallery experienced his singular visual voice in William Harper: The Beautiful & the Grotesque, a 20-year retrospective which ran from April 4 through June 14, 2019.
The more than 60 works of art on view included Harper’s exquisitely crafted fine jewelry; display boxes built from assemblages of found objects; paintings; and Japanese-style folding books.
The catalog of the exhibition can be purchased online. It includes an essay by curator, writer and historian Glenn Adamson, author of Fewer Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects. It also documents every work in the exhibition and includes a checklist, CV and commentary by Harper on the themes of his work.
Driven by an intense love for the material process, Harper enters his studio with improvisational spirit, allowing each move to inspire the next. His lush objects combine unexpected materials, including plastic beads, nails, and bone as well as pearls, jewels, precious metals, and enamel. The exhibit's title, The Beautiful & the Grotesque, underscored the tension between high and low, between precious and disposable, and between what draws and repels a viewer.
Select shows offer the public the chance to purchase artwork including CIA’s student and faculty shows. This is a great opportunity to support up-and-coming artists. For more information about purchasing artwork, contact Reinberger Gallery at 216.421.7407, or email Kayli Salzano at email@example.com.
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Lunch on Fridays
10/11: Liu Wei (**takes place at moCa)
10/18: Chelsea Polk
10/25: Thi Bui
11/01: Natalia Arbelaez, Julie Heffernan, Haley Josephs, and Devan Shimoyama (**takes place in Reinberger Gallery)
Lunch on Fridays is a weekly lunchtime lecture series which features a variety of artists and designers practicing in many fields. This event is free and open to the public.
11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland OH 44106
Cleveland Institute of Art is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.