James Turell's Three Gems

James Turrell, Three Gems, c. 2005. FAMSF, foundation purchase, gift of Barbro and Bernard A. Osher, 2003.68. Photo by Richard Hicks.


Art and Light: Illumination’s Symbolic Meaning in Art

Wednesdays, February 12–March 18, 10:30 am–12:00 pm

About the Program

Light in art is a symbol for hope, wisdom, divinity, and intellectual spatial exploration, whether radiating from a candle in works by Caravaggio, pouring gently through a window in Vermeer’s masterpieces, or impressionistically conveyed by Israëls. Today, artists such as Dan Flavin, Mary Corse, James Turrell, and Olafur Eliasson sculpt space using neon, sunshine, and digital LED installations. Why are we attracted to light, and what are all of these visionaries telling us about perception and our own humanity?

Instructor: John Paul Thornton is the author of the book Art and Courage: Stories to Inspire the Artist-Warrior Within. He has worked with the United Nations Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has been honored by the California State Senate as well as the United States Congress for his programs promoting art, personal growth, and education.

“It is a rare opportunity to learn from a person of this high quality and knowledge.”—former Skirball student