Both Jerri and I have been doing exhibits for many years. Sometimes it’s our own work, sometimes that of other artists. For the past 25 years, most of my exhibits have been done with my partner Frank Madsen through our museum exhibit design firm Teller Madsen. Even after hundreds of exhibits, there is something still magical about seeing ideas communicated through space, about choreographing visitors’ movements so they may have an emotional response, a new perception, an enhanced awareness of the world around them. This has always been my goal in exhibit curation and design. It has to look spectacular—and mean something.
I think we did it here. Thanks to the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts for providing this large and beautiful space for our Following the Box exhibit. Each of the 12 participating artists responded to a different aspect of the still-anonymous soldier’s photographs from so long ago. Each brought their own creativity and culture to play as they interpreted the images. The end result is a cross-cultural exploration of historical imagery, perhaps the first time this has even been done. We are enormously proud and grateful for the opportunity afforded to us first by the Fulbright grant; then by two subsequent grants from the U.S. State Department; by the faith the Indian artists had in this project; and by the legacy left to us by an unknown soldier/photographer who unwittingly changed the lives of two artists seventy years after the end of the war.