Lumonics A Retrospective Exhibition Of Dorothy & Mel Tanner

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Museum of Outdoor Arts- MOA says
MOA is pleased to announce Then & Now: A Retrospective of Light-Based Sculpture by Dorothy & Mel Tanner. This is the first ever retrospective exhibition of Dorothy and Mel Tanner. Join us at the opening reception of this spectacular exhibition on January 13th from 6-10pm. The opening will include hors d'oeuvres and libations and will feature live music mixing by DJ Buddha Bomb, incorporating some of the music created by Dorothy Tanner and Marc Billard.

Dorothy and Mel Tanner began their luminal art in the 1960s in Miami. Their interest in plexiglas and its unique light-transmitting quality engaged them in experimentation that led to the major component of their art form: light. In unison with the light sculptures, they added the elements of live projection, music, and electronics to create a multi-sensory experience that The Miami Herald described as “one of the most unusual yet beautiful experiences in the world of art.” The Tanners’ interest in the healing and spiritually uplifting effects that result from light and sound immersion became their lifetime dedication.

Since the passing of Mel Tanner in 1993, Dorothy continues to experiment with a wide array of materials and media. Plexiglas is a material that she sculpts, paints, sandblasts, bakes and shapes. Some are wall sculptures, some free-standing or mobile, while others are water sculptures.

"Their artwork is unlike anything we have seen," says MOA President and Executive Director, Cynthia Madden Leitner. "Illuminated sculpture engages the audience with its pop-art modernity."

Dorothy Tanner and her team relocated to Denver in 2008 where she collaborates with long-time associate, Marc Billard, in creating video, accompanied by Dorothy’s spoken word and their electronic music. These elements are all part of the Lumonics expression. More information about the art of Dorothy and Mel Tanner and the video and music collaborations can be found at and

The exhibition will be on display at MOA's indoor galleries through March 24, 2017.

This exhibition is FREE and open to the public thanks to the generous support of the City of Englewood and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).
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