The Light Show

19 May 2019–3 May 2020

Exhibition Overview

Lucas Samaras, Corridor #2, 1970. Mirrors on wood frame; 7 x 3.063 x 50.281 ft. Denver Art Museum Collection: Gift of the artist in honor of Dianne Perry Vanderlip. © Lucas Samaras.

Featuring about 250 objects from the DAM’s collection, The Light Show will focus on the quest to understand physical light in the natural world as well as metaphorical, spiritual and divine representations of light. Objects from all nine curatorial departments will be included. The exhibition opening will take place in two stages. The first stage—presenting symbolic light—will debut May 19, 2019. The second stage, focusing on physical light, will open on June 2, 2019. Among notable works on view will be Rain Has No Father? by renowned African artist El Anatsui, Death Cart by artist José Inéz Herrera, the expansive art installation Corridor #2 by Lucas Samaras (which was last on view in 2003) and a major new acquisition by the modern and contemporary art department, a massive Murano glass chandelier by artist Fred Wilson titled The Way the Moon’s in Love with the Dark. The Light Show will be on view through May 3, 2020, with rotations of art taking place during the presentation.

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