Purdue Galleries exhibits local print collection

October 22, 2012  

Sid Chafetz, The xcialists

Sid Chafetz, The Socialists, woodblock, 1966. (Collection of Purdue University Galleries. Gift of Jack and Elaine Pearlman)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –Purdue Galleries on Monday (Oct. 22) opened a new exhibit featuring the printmaking collection of a couple of local collectors and supporters of the arts. 

"The Graphic Eye: Contemporary Prints from the Collection of Jack and Elaine Pearlman" will be presented through Dec. 2 in the Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center.

During a lifetime of collecting, the Pearlmans have assembled a remarkable group of contemporary images by the major printmaking artists, working primarily through Tamarind Institute. The institute was founded in Los Angeles in 1960 as a means to "rescue" the dying art of lithography. It later became affiliated with the University of New Mexico. Tamarind Institute continues its programs of education, research, and creative projects with partial funding from the university. Tamarind also depends heavily upon revenue from contract printing and the sale of lithographs it publishes to support the costs associated with its educational and artistic programs.

William T. Wiley, Pilgrim

William T. Wiley, Pilgrim, lithograph, 1994. (Collection of Jack and Elaine Pearlman)
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The exhibit will include a number of donations and promised gifts to the Purdue Galleries permanent collection.

"The main focus and strength of our permanent collection is contemporary works on paper, so the gifts we've received from the Pearlmans have fit very nicely into this and have added depth and variety to the imagery we like to offer to students and to the public on a regular basis," said Purdue Galleries director Craig Martin. "The Pearlmans have been steady supporters of Purdue Galleries and the arts in greater Lafayette for many years, so it's really a treat to highlight an exhibit of their own personal collection in a gallery they've encouraged and to which they've made so many valuable contributions."

From 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 25), the Galleries will host an opening reception for the exhibition in the Ringel Gallery. The collectors will be present, so it will provide an excellent opportunity to find out about what informs their collecting choices.

The Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. All Purdue Galleries exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

For class and group visits, contact Craig Martin at Purdue Galleries at 765-494-3061. For more information, visit http://www.purdue.edu/galleries

Contact: Craig Martin, 765-494-3061, cdmartin@purdue.edu

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