‘Sun, Shadows, Stone: The Photography of Terry Toedtemeier’


Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) open its fall exhibition “Sun, Shadows, Stone: The Photography of Terry Toedtemeier,” on Saturday Oct. 20, which focuses on Toedtemeier’s critically acclaimed, haunting photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon coastline and arid terrain of southeastern Oregon.

“These remarkable photographs of the Northwest landscape by the late Terry Toedtemeier, who was deeply influenced by the great 19th-century photographers, are a reflection of the region’s art and artists,” stated TAM Executive Director David F. Setford. “I believe that after seeing this exhibition, we will all have a greater understanding and appreciation of the breathtaking landscape of our Northwestern home.”

Artist and curator Toedtemeier (1947–2008) was a self-taught photographer who began his extensive photographic experiments capturing his close circle of friends and colleagues in the 1970s. He began to attract wider critical attention with landscape images. Initial snapshots he took from his moving car, which gave way to exquisite compositions influenced by his deep understanding of both the photography traditions of the American West and its underlying geology. Toedtemeier often sought to capture dramatic images of places that have been shaped first by catastrophic geological events then by the imprint of humans.

“We are honored to be entrusted with organizing the first full retrospective of Terry Toedtemeier’s career,” shared TAM’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator Rock Hushka. “His images serve to remind us not only of the physical contours of [the Northwest], but also the multiple decades-long search for ways to photograph it. He would have encouraged us to step into the spectacular places he photographed.”

“Sun, Shadows, Stone: The Photography of Terry Toedtemeier” is a part of the Northwest Perspective Series. This exhibition series reflects TAM’s ongoing commitment to highlight the art and artists of the Pacific Northwest. The exhibition is accompanied by a major catalogue with extensive new scholarship on Toedtemeier’s career and influences.

The exhibit runs through Feb. 17, 2019.

This exhibition’s member celebration event is Saturday, Nov. 17 from 7-9 p.m. The event will include remarks from four catalogue contributors: Sandra Phillips, Toby Jurovics, Julia Dolan, and Prudence Roberts. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. On Sunday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. there will be a panel discussion with the catalogue contributors along with a catalogue signing with the authors and curators.

For up to date information, visit bit.ly/SunShadowStone.

Tacoma Art Museum

Celebrating more than 80 years, Tacoma Art Museum is an anchor in Tacoma’s downtown with a mission of connecting people through art. TAM’s collection contains more than 5,000 works, with an emphasis on the art and artists of the Northwest and broader Western region, 25 percent which consists of studio glass. The collection includes the largest retrospective museum collection of glass art by Tacoma native Dale Chihuly on permanent view; the most significant collection of studio art jewelry by Northwest artists; key holdings in 19th century European and 20th century American art; and one of the finest collections of Japanese woodblock prints on the West Coast. In 2012, TAM received a gift of more than 300 works of western American art from the Haub Family Collection, one of the premier such collections in the nation and the first major western American art museum collection in the Northwest. The Haub family also contributed $20 million for an endowment and expansion completed in 2014. TAM is located in the heart of Tacoma’s vibrant Museum District which consists of six museums including the Museum of Glass, a frequent collaborator.

Hours: Tues.–Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Free Neighborhood Nights every Thursday 5-8 p.m.

Admission: $15 adult, $13 student/senior (65+), $40 family (two adults and up to four children under 18), children 5 and under free, children 18 and under free on Saturdays. TAM members, active duty military, reservists, veterans, and their families are always free.

Location: 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

Info: TacomaArtMuseum.org

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