Jo Sandman: The Photographic Work

Legacy Project at Fitchburg Art Museum

By: - Jan 17, 2020

Jo Sandman: The Photographic Work on view February 8–June 7, 2020 at the Fitchburg Art Museum explores Sandman’s turn to photography in the 1990s. Over the course of the last three decades, Sandman has grounded her photographic images in the human figure, mortality, and the tensions between the material and the spiritual. Her photography is characteristically experimental—she employs both antique nineteenth-century photographic processes alongside contemporary medical and digital imaging techniques to create poetic and disquieting images. Sandman’s meditations on the intangible, the uncanny, and the transformative power of art-making tie to themes explored in FAM’s concurrent exhibition, After Spiritualism: Loss and Transcendence in Contemporary Art.

This exhibition is made possible by the Jo Sandman Legacy Project, which preserves and sustains the artist’s significant legacy through research and generous donations. As a result of the Legacy Project, the Fitchburg Art Museum has acquired over 70 photographs by Sandman, the largest collection of the artist’s photography internationally. Sandman’s rich body of photographic work expands the reach of FAM’s extensive collection of photography.

Jo Sandman: The Photographic Work is organized by Director Nick Capasso and Terrana Curatorial Fellow Marjorie Rawle.