Shara Wasserman is an American art historian and curator of contemporary art. She received her BA in Art History magna cum laude and with honors from Temple University and her MA in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. Following a period at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, first as Hilla von Rebay fellow and later as Editorial Assistant, Wasserman relocated to Rome, Italy.
At Temple University Rome, she introduced her course Galleries and Studios: The Contemporary Art Scene in Rome, to offer the students a complete perspective of Rome as a city of today. Visits to museums, galleries and foundations, and to private studios and new neighborhoods, allow the students to get a deeper view of Rome and a first-hand experience with contemporary art practice.
In 1990 she established the Temple Rome Gallery of Art, a 200 sq. mt. space focused on a strong exhibition program that reflects the academic and intellectual life of the campus and its status as a study abroad program. She also coordinates and supervises the art history internships for study abroad students at Temple Rome.
Recent exhibitions at the Temple Rome Gallery of Art include:
Tiny Biennale: Miniature works by Italian and international established and emerging artists: Mythology (4th ed.), curated by Susan Moore, March 8-18, 2016.
Tough-Skinned Angels: Outsider Art from the Collection of David Lane, American Ambassador to the UN Missions in Rome, March 9-14, 2015.
Stanze: Alice Pasquini, Gio Pistone, Pax Palosica, Urban artists intervene on the Temple Gallery space, curated by Jessica Stewart, February 17-March 4, 2015.
In addition, Wasserman has curated numerous exhibitions in public spaces; she has organized events in Rome with the public administration; and she has curated exhibitions in the United States. Recent exhibitions as an independent curator include:
Oltre I libri: l’arte del presente incontra il libri del passato, visual arts competition, Biblioteca Angelica, Rome, (IT), June 2016. President of the Jury and co-curator.
Italian Video Today, curated with Ludovico Pratesi, Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, December 19, 2011-January 19, 2012.
Italy: Philadelphia Artists Celebrate 150 Years, Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia and Crane Arts, Philadelphia, and Grazia Toderi: Red Orbits, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, curated with Ludovico Pratesi, April 27-May 5, 2011, exh. cat. with texts by Shara Wasserman and Ludovico Pratesi.