50th Anniversary: Selections from Light Work Collection

January 27 – May 14, 2023
Everson Museum Gallery A and B
Reception: Fri., Feb. 3, 5-7pm
Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY

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Guest Speaker: Deborah Willis
Thurs, April 13, 6:30 p.m.
Everson | Hosmer Auditorium

Light Work is pleased to announce our 50th Anniversary Exhibition: January 27 – May 14, 2023.  Remarkable in its breadth and depth, the semi-centennial anniversary exhibition is a reflective composition of photographic works that have come into Light Work’s permanent collection through the generosity of former artist-in-residence participants, Grant awardees, and individual donations since the organization’s inception in 1973. The expansive archive from notable image makers will be on view in Gallery A and B of the iconic Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York. 

 Light Work’s fiftieth anniversary presents a unique opportunity to share with our local, regional, and national community the legacy of support the organization has extended to emerging and under-represented artists working in photography and digital image-making.  The works on view are a reflective curation of over 4,000 photographic prints, objects, and ephemera from an extensive and diverse archive. The selection maps out the many programs and partnerships that represent fifty years of Light Work’s commitment to championing and amplifying the practices of emerging and under-represented artists. The exhibition also highlights the hundreds of artists who came to Syracuse to expand their practice and make new work. Highlights in the show include images from acclaimed photographers  Dawoud Bey, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Cindy Sherman, Wendy Red Star, Hank Willis Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, James Welling, and many more. 


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Light Work will host supplemental programming for the special anniversary celebrations through exhibition-related events, conversations, and tours. Events are free and open to the public.


Exhibiting Artists Include: