The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Wavelength: The Art of Light

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James Turrell, Deep Sky Portfolio, 1985, Aquatint, Museum Purchase with Funds Provided by the Edward J. Gallagher, Jr. Memorial Fund
James Turrell, Deep Sky Portfolio, 1985, Aquatint, Museum Purchase with Funds Provided by the Edward J. Gallagher, Jr. Memorial Fund

August 28 – December 6, 2015

Perceiving light through art is not a common thought process for many people. Light and the way it interacts with the world is often only considered through a more scientific outlook and is not easily paired with art. However, many artists have experimented with light—both scientifically and aesthetically. The exploration of the way something is seen in different light or the way in which the setting sun lights up a landscape differently than the sun at another time of day has often captivated artists, and that fascination is seen through various art mediums. This exhibition attempts to explore the many different facets of light in art and the way in which the scientific understanding of light can be translated into art.

Wavelength: The Art of Light features James Turrell’s Deep Sky Portfolio, which explores light through the transformation of the Roden Crater in Northern Arizona. Turrell’s work with the crater has evolved into a set of chambers, pathways, tunnels, and openings around the crater, all examining how light relates to the universe.