What is light?
It is the warmth from the sun, it is all colour, it is particles of energy, it travels in waves, it is fast. Starlight, light on water, the iridescence of shells, light is refracted through glass, it falls on skin and fabric. Light is a sudden flash, a revelation or, as in the famous poem by Emily Dickinson which lends its title to this exhibition, light is life and death.
This exhibition brings together historical works from the CAM collection with contemporary art and objects borrowed from generous artists and lenders.
Artists include: Rick Amor, Howard Arkley, Clarice Beckett, Penleigh Boyd, Rupert Bunny, Alexander Colquhoun, Ethel Carrick Fox, E Phillips Fox, Mark Galea, William Gould, Lola Greeno, Robert Hunter, Percy Leason, Fred Leist, Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Frederick McCubbin, Max Meldrum, Margaret Preston, Tom Roberts, Jeffrey Smart, Arthur Streeton, Naminapu Maymura-White and Unknown makers.
Exhibition Curator: Jenny Long
Image: William Gould, Fish, c. 1840, Gift of June Davies, 2000. Image: Ian Hill
The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.