August 23–October 4, 2017, Bloomington, IN, USA
May 11–June 2, 2018, Edmonton, AB, Canada
LIGHT/MATTER contains nearly 100 works of art on paper by forty artists from sixteen different countries. The exhibition was curated by Tracy Templeton, associate professor of printmaking in the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design at Indiana University; Walter Jule, professor emeritus at the University of Alberta; and Ingrid Ledent, Professor at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Antwerp, Belgium. The curatorial team reviewed the careers of more than 1,000 international artists to cull works of art for this exhibition. Distilling the selection to 40 individuals after researching the artists’ works and influence on the evolution of photographic printmaking was a privileged labor.
The exhibition and symposia premiered at Indiana University’s Grunwald Gallery. It featured lectures, panel discussions, and an open house with participation by the curators and artists from Europe, North America, South America, and Asia. Illustrating the ways in which cultural factors and traditions have influenced the adoption and evolution of new print technologies, LIGHT/MATTER marked the first time a major museum exhibition presented groundbreaking works by several generations of artists who have made significant contributions to the photo-print movement. Grunwald Gallery produced a seventy-two-page catalog containing essays by co-curators Tracy Templeton, Walter Jule, and Ingrid Ledent; Alicia Candiani, director of Proyecto Áce; and Hideki Kimura, professor at Kyoto City University. The catalog also includes reproductions of exhibited artworks and artist biographies, providing a panoramic view of one of printmaking’s most influential and underrated creative movements of the last century. In 2018, a second iteration of the exhibit and symposium was featured at the University of Alberta as hosted by University of Alberta Museums Gallery A (TELUS Centre) and FAB Gallery.