Lisa K. Erf died on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in New York City after having been diagnosed with cancer in June.
Lisa received her BFA in 1984 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her MFA in 1987 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and completed further studies at New York University. A gifted artist, Lisa had solo exhibitions at venues including the Chicago Cultural Center and the Byron Roche Gallery with reviews including Art In America and the Chicago Reader.
Lisa was the director and chief curator of the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, one of the oldest and most extensive corporate collections in the world, spanning antiquity to the art of today across diverse cultures and media. With over twenty years of experience as a curator, educator and administrator, Lisa was a frequent lecturer and writer. She curated innovative temporary and traveling exhibitions from the JPMorgan Chase collection, most recently On Time (2015), Camera as Release: Photographer as Performer (2014) and Best Picture: Appropriated Portraiture (2013), coinciding with J.P. Morgan’s sponsorship of Photo Paris at the Grand Palais.
Additional exhibitions include Spectacular Vernacular; Of People and Places; Martin Puryear: Prints; Öyvind Fahlström: The Complete Graphics; and Collected Visions, an exhibition and youth education program which toured Istanbul, Dubai, and New York. In 2009, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Art Collection, Lisa produced the short film In the Company of Art, an intimate look at the Art Program’s historical legacy and present-day initiatives to highlight the importance of cross-cultural exchange.
Lisa’s discerning and adventurous engagement with art and artists led her to expand the bank’s collection in unexplored directions, including her championing exceptional, yet under-recognized, work of mid and late career artists.
Lisa was kind and charismatic. Family, friends and colleagues will deeply miss her loving presence. In lieu of flowers, Lisa suggested that people may wish to consider contributing to a fund that JPMorgan has set up to help offset fencing expenses for her son Carter in his efforts to achieve his goal of fencing in the 2024 Olympics.
The Carter F. Hodges Fund, care of Sarah G. Rubin. JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., 270 Park Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, NY, 10017-2014.