The Light Show at the Denver Art Museum Will Explore Physical and Symbolic Representations of Light in Art

Thought-provoking narrative showcased through nearly 250 paintings, sculptures and installations from museum collection


DENVER—Jan. 10, 2019—The Denver Art Museum (DAM) is pleased to announce The Light Show. The exhibition, featuring about 250 objects drawn from the DAM’s nine curatorial departments, will focus 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. Objects from throughout the DAM’s collection will be on view on levels 3 and 4 of the museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building. The Light Show will open in two stages. The first stagefocused on physical lightwill open May 19, 2019, while the second stage, presenting symbolic light, will debut on June 2, 2019.


“This exhibition will demonstrate how artists over time, centuries and cultures have used varied artistic representations of light,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “We anticipate it will appeal to multiple generations and visitors of all ages, and be an excellent opportunity to see a large range of the museum’s encyclopedic art collection while the North Building undergoes a major renovation.”