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Light Work Galleries and Photography Lab Reopens to the Public
Light Work announces the reopening of its state-of-the-art photography lab and exhibition spaces to the public.
Over the last three months, Light Work staff have taken incremental steps toward pre-pandemic “normal.” At Light Work, there has been a progression from essential staff only to a green light on welcoming Light Work’s community of photographers and photo enthusiasts into the Kathleen O. Ellis, Hallway Galleries and lab.
For Light Work and arts institutions across the nation, the last year brought unprecedented trials that Light Work has tried to meet with a determined and creative dexterity and an unwavering commitment to support, amplify and #keepartgoing.
Light Work’s reopening includes a communitywide invitation to students, educators, local organizations and University partners to schedule use of the main gallery, library and lab studio for exhibition-related art-making, workshops, class discussions or staff-guided tours.
Light Work’s community partnerships comprise organizations that cultivate safe spaces for inquiry and critical dialogue and their approaches to both exhibitions and the ideas presented in the works are creative and interdisciplinary.
The Fall 2021 exhibition schedule offers a diverse intersection of thematic insights and photographic methods. Please join Light Work for “Clifford Prince King: We Used to Lay Together” (Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery, Aug. 23-Oct. 14), “Queer Moments: Selections from the Light Work Collection” (Hallway Gallery, Aug. 23-Oct. 14), “2021 Horizons: New Film Out of Central New York” (UVP| Everson Plaza, Sept. 30), and “Hito Steyerl: Strike” (UVP| Everson Plaza, Sept. 16-Dece. 11).
Light Work Lab members also have cause for celebration. In preparation for welcoming the community back into the photography lab, the staff reconfigured the space. The staff have established new best practices for using state-of-the-art workspaces, darkroom, lighting studio and printers. The new guidelines ensure a safe, productive workflow that will support the needs of its members, workshop participants and artists-in-residence. Light Work adheres to the most up-to-date COVID-19 safety protocols to protect patrons, artists, students and staff.