Installation view of Refract, Reflect, Project: Light Works from the Collection, 2007, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
February 15 to April 8, 2007
Throughout the history of art, light has been linked to fundamental questions of vision and perception. Refract, Reflect, Project: Light Works from the Collection explores objects in which light—as substance and subject—is central. Encompassing important practices and movements from the latter half of the twentieth century to the present, these works include examples of Minimalism, kinetic art, immersive environments, experimental film, and conceptual art. Among the artists featured are Giovanni Anselmo, Chryssa, Dan Flavin, Joseph Kosuth, James Turrell, Adam Peiperl and Thomas Wilfred. The exhibition also will highlight recent acquisitions by such artists as Olafur Eliasson, Spencer Finch, Christoph Girardet, and Iván Navarro. This exhibition is organized by associate curator Anne Ellegood.