Terry Berlier
H. Drew Crosby

Video, wood, MAKE controller, computer, speakers, shutters, sensor, wires
MAX programming by Ricardo Rivera
“Broken Appointment” from Prelinger Archives
37 x 87 x 14”

Terry Berlier is an interdisciplinary artist who works primarily with sculpture, installation, and video. Her work is often kinetic, interactive and sound-based, focusing on everyday objects, the environment, ideas of nonplace/place and queer practice. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally (Europe, Australia, Middle East). She has done residencies at the Kala Art Institute, Visions from the New California, and the Millay Colony for Artists. She has received grants from California Council for Humanities and the City of Cincinnati Individual Artist Grant. She received an MFA from University of California, Davis and a BFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She currently teaches in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University.

Artist's website: http://www.terryberlier.com/

H. Drew Crosby moved from Chicago to San Francisco in the late 1930s with her partner Marion Pietsch. They were lesbians of the old order - for good reason they were paranoid about being gay, stubbornly ambiguous about labeling themselves gay or lesbian and generally suspicious of strangers. Nevertheless, she lived for fifty years in physical intimacy with another woman and amassed a huge collection of queer books and ephemera - including an amazing Henry Miller and lesbian pulp collection. Marion ran a bookstore on Polk Street, though most books where priced “NFS”. They lived at 7th Avenue and Lake Street where they installed wooden shutters on every window and kept them closed. When they came home from work at night, they would close the door and say, “Lets shut the world out”.

She was just an everyday person, no fame or extraordinariness. She was a box of contradictions, closeted and cantankerous. I wonder if she would want to be in the archive at all? - Terry Berlier

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