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Terry Toedtemeier | Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Sat, 04/06/2024
Spheroidal Weathering, Harney Co., Oregon Toedtemeier, Terry 1947-2008 Gelatin silver print Gift of Prudence F. Roberts 2022:26.7

Solo exhibition Terry Toedtemeier: Photographer, will open at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art May 4 - August 11, 2024.

"Terry Toedtemeier: Photographer brings together a special collection of prints by the artist, given to the JSMA by his friends, family, and colleagues. Born and raised in Portland, Toedtemeier was a fixture in the Oregon cultural community until his untimely passing in 2008 at the age of 61.

The exhibition highlights the range of Toedtemeier’s photographic work. It begins with his early experimentations made in the 1970s when, as a self-taught artist, he explored the boundaries of the photographic medium. The exhibition culminates with his impeccable later Northwest landscape images, where he balanced a discerning, scientifically-trained eye with an aesthetic interpretation of nature.

The fortuitous combination of art and science in Toedtemeier’s work began when he earned a bachelor’s degree in earth sciences from Oregon State University in 1969. His coursework included experiential learning as students walked the land to understand that observation and description were foundational skills necessary to interpret the meaning of geologic processes. Over time, he came to intuit that perceiving how the land was formed only increased its beauty."

Terry Toedtemeier: Photographer is curated by Thom Sempere, Associate Curator of Photography.

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