The Light Show

Opens June 2, 2019

Childe Hassam, A Walk in the Park or Springtime in the Park, about 1900. Oil paint on canvas laid down on panel, 14-3/4 x 21-1/2 in. Frederic C. Hamilton Collection, bequeathed to the Denver Art Museum.

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.

José Inez Herrera, Death Cart, New Mexico, 1890-1910. Wood, leather, hair, feather, metal, silk; 48 x 21 1/5 in. Denver Art Museum: General acquisition funds.

El Anatsui (Ewe), Rain Has No Father?, 2008. Found bottle tops and copper wire; 153 x 239 in. Denver Art Museum: Funds from Native Arts acquisition fund, U.S. Bank, Richard and Theresa Davis, Douglas Society, Denver Art Museum Volunteer Endowment, Alex Cranberg and Susan Morris, Geta and Janice Asfaw, Saron and Daniel Yohannes, Lee McIntire, Milroy and Sheryl Alexander, Dorothy and Richard Campbell, Wayne Carey and Olivia Thompson, Morris Clark, Rebecca H. Cordes, Kenneth and Rebecca Gart, Tim and Bobbi Hamill, Kalleen and Robert Malone, Meyer and Geri Saltzman, Ann and Gerry Saul, Mary Ellen and Thomas Williams, Nancy and James Williams, Forrest Cason, First Western Trust Bank, Howard and Sandy Gelt, Gene Osborne, Boettcher Foundation, John and Eve Glesne, The Schlegel White Foundation, Jeffrey and Nancy Balter, and Tamara Banks, 2008.891. © El Anatsui

Ettore Sottsass, Ashoka Lamp, 1981. Painted metal; 34 × 30 × 3 1/4 in. Manufactured by Memphis Srl, Milan, Italy. Denver Art Museum: Funds from Frederick and Jan Mayer.

Fred Wilson, The Way the Moon’s in Love with the Dark, 2017. Murano glass, clear blown glass, brass, steel, light bulbs; 78-3/4 x 55-1/8 x 55-1/8 in. Purchased from the artist and Pace Gallery by Denver Art Museum, 2017. Image Courtesy of Pace Gallery ©Fred Wilson.

Ansel Adams, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1944. Gelatin silver print; 15-1/2 x 19 in. Denver Art Museum: General Services Foundation Purchase Fund. © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.

Shunsho Hattori, Display Box (Kazaribako) “Morning Glow,” 1999. Lacquer, gold and abalone shell inlay on wood; 5-3/4 x 5-3/4 x 3-3/4 in. Denver Art Museum: Asian Art Association Acquisition Fund in honor of Ronald Otsuka’s thirty years at the Denver Art Museum.

June 2, 2019 – May 3, 2020
Hamilton Building - Level 3 Hamilton Building - Level 4
Included in general admission
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The Light Show at the Denver Art Museum explores physical and symbolic representations of light in art through a thought-provoking narrative. The exhibition features about 250 objects drawn from the DAM’s nine curatorial departments. The Light Show focuses on the quest by humanity and artists to understand physical light in the natural world as well as metaphorical, spiritual, and divine representations of light.

The Light Show will open in two stages. The first stage—focused on physical light—will open May 19, while the second stage, presenting symbolic light, will debut on June 2.

The exhibition will help visitors reflect on a variety of light-related themes through a broad range of materials and artworks, including ancient sculptures, paintings, photography, textiles, and contemporary installations.

The cross-departmental exhibition is co-curated by Rebecca Hart, Vicki and Kent Logan Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Jorge Rivas Pérez, Frederick and Jan Mayer Curator of Spanish Colonial Art.

The Light Show is organized by the Denver Art Museum. Support is provided by the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, and The Denver Post.