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 lumonics.net and dorothytanner.com.

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).

Review: Lumonics Then & Now  Shines at Museum of Outdoor Arts
by Michael Paglia, Denver Westword

Feb. 15, 2017

The eye-dazzling yet somehow relaxing Lumonics Then & Now: A Retrospective of Light-Based Sculpture by Dorothy & Mel Tanner transforms the interior galleries of the Museum of Outdoor Arts into a world of their own. The spotlights have been dimmed so that the exhibit’s internally lighted transparent acrylic sculptures and wall panels, as well as its projected videos, can glow gently in the near-darkness. A soft electronic soundtrack composed by Dorothy Tanner and her longtime collaborator, Marc Billard, adds yet another soothing aspect to the exhibit.
link to article

Sat. Feb. 25, 2017
Film & Forum with Dorothy Tanner
Museum of Outdoor Arts


photo of Dorothy Tanner at the Forum by Gregory Daurer

Film & Forum Video, recorded and edited by Travis Powell
Part 1: Introduction by Cynthia Madden Leitner, MOA Executive Director & President  and Todd Siler, artist, art historian, and educator
Part 2: Documentary produced by Cynthia Madden Leitner and
Film by Heather Longway Photography

Part 3: Interview with Dorothy Tanner
Feb 10, 2017 at the Denver Art Museum:
Friends of Painting and Sculpture’s (FOPAS) presents:
“Exploring the Denver Art Scene” Forum  

Artist and art critic Todd Siler mentioned the Retrospective at the Museum of
Outdoor Arts and projected Mel Tanner’s “Transworld” on the large screen.
Looking at the monitor in front of the table are panelists Kealey Boyd (left),
Michael Paglia of Denver Westword, and panel moderator Timothy J. Standring,
Gates Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Denver Art Museum.
Todd Siler is at 
the podium and not in the photo. Thanks to David Schler for the photo.
Exploring the Denver Art Scene: Todd Siler excerpt (Video)

Exploring the Denver Art Scene, Part 1 (28 minute video)
featuring Michael Paglia, Kealey Boyd, Todd Siler

  Luminous Art Inspiring Our Hearts-n-Minds To Dream With Wonder:
Experiencing the Art of Mel and Dorothy Tanner Art Review
by Todd Siler
(links to the Museum of Outdoor Arts website)

Virtual Tour
photographed by Heather A. Longway

Bright artistic lights from the big city illuminate a 50-year retrospective of former
New York artists Dorothy Tanner and her late husband late Mel. The mystique of
Andy Warhol’s Factory was palpable Jan. 13 in the Museum of Outdoor Art’s indoor
gallery at the Englewood Civic Center. The opening of  “Then and Now: A Retrospective
of Light-Based Sculpture by Dorothy and Mel Tanner” was  a well-deserved tribute that
had the feel of a New York underground-society event right there in Englewood.
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COLORADO, DESTINATION: ART!
Then & Now: A Retrospective of Dorothy & Mel Tanner at MOA

(Heather A. Longway/ Heather Longway Photography ©2017)

 There are moments in life that are extraordinary and there are artists that don’t always
realize the impact their art has on society. Dorothy and Mel Tanner are such artisans
who have made it their lives mission to open the minds of not only the artistic world but
of every soul that encounters their artwork.

Then & Now: A Retrospective of Light-Based Sculpture by Dorothy & Mel Tanner
exhibiting at the Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA) indoor gallery will be a prime
opportunity to experience the legendary work up close and personal.
continue reading

 

 

Dorothy Tanner Installation in the Black Box Gallery at MOA
videographer: Marc Billard
music: Tanner/Billard

 
21 Best Events in Denver, January 10-16


“The unstoppable Dorothy Tanner”

photo by Candace Hill
Hip couple Dorothy and Mel Tanner began exploring Plexiglas light sculpture
back in the ’60s, inventing their own avant-garde genre while freely experimenting
with what’s come to be known as “new media” on the modern front: refracted light, projections, music and electronic enhancements. Mel passed away in 1993,
but Dorothy, now in her nineties and still resiliently creative, remarkably continues
those experiments begun decades ago at her Lumonics studio and gallery in
metro Denver. The Tanners will get their due with Then & Now: A Retrospective
of Light-Based Sculpture by Dorothy & Mel Tanner, an eye-popping exhibit
(and their first full retrospective) opening on Friday, January 13, with a reception
from 6 to 10 p.m. at the MOA Indoor Gallery, 1000 Englewood Parkway in
Englewood. Then and Now runs through March 24; visit moaonline.org for
details. Learn more about Dorothy Tanner and Lumonics at dorothytanner.com.

Photographer: John Leyba/The Denver Post

Light Fantastic
Plugging in, turning out and turning up the story of Dorothy and
Mel Tanner at the MOA

by Ray Mark Rinaldi, Special to the Denver Post
Jan. 19, 2017

“I’m a long story,” Dorothy Tanner says of herself. And she tells it, in bits and pieces….
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left to right:
Tablet by Mel Tanner
Directional by Mel Tanner
Ezekiel’s Wheel by Mel Tanner
Carnival by Mel Tanner
(Heather A. Longway/ Heather Longway Photography ©2017)

left to right:
Inversion by Mel Tanner
Sandcastle by Dorothy Tanner
Alien Princess by Dorothy Tanner
Collage by Dorothy Tanner
(Heather A. Longway/ Heather Longway Photography ©2017)

 

 

Dorothy Tanner talks Lumonics: part sculpture, music, lights and electronics—
with potential healing powers.
DENVERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM
Q&A: Dorothy Tanner, 94, on Lumonics, Her Light-Based Art Form
By: Hayley Woodward

“Light, music and art combine for a wild, psychedelic ride at ‘Then & Now:
A Retrospective of Light-Based Sculpture,’ the first retrospective exhibit of the
work of Dorothy and Mel Tanner, on display now at The Museum of Outdoor Arts,
headquartered inside the Englewood Civic Center.”
continue reading

 

Museum of Outdoor Arts hosts intriguing Lumonics show
by Sonya Ellingboe

“The glowing exhibit includes examples of work from the long, rewarding careers of
two artists who early on realized the many possibilities of plexiglass, combined with light
and color.”

 

Art in Light
Una lunga storia, quella che unisce in quasi cinquant’anni di produzione nel mondo della light art l’artista americana Dorothy Tanner e del marito Mel Tanner. Oggi, l’ormai…
LUCENEWS.IT BY MASSIMO VILLA
Based on Ray Rinaldis article in The Denver Post

“This soundtrack contains recordings made at Museum of Outdoor Arts- MOA during the Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery opening on Friday, January 13, 2017. The
soundtracks begins with songs by Dorothy Tanner. Dorothy’s ethereal voice meshed perfectly with the Lumonics artwork. An excerpt from the Buddha Bomb DJ set of that night follows the first 32.5 minutes comprised of Dorothy Tanner’s music.”
– excerpted from Buddha Bomb’s Soundcloud page

 

 

 DON’T MISS LUMONICS AT MOA
by Patrick Lyons

 

Don’t miss the captivating show at MOA Indoor Gallery!  It’s a spectacle of light and design.  Meeting Dorothy was a golden opportunity for me, living in Denver. She’s one of our hidden treasures.
read blog
Art Shows to See by Michael Paglia, Westword
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017 AT 8:04 A.M

Rondo by Dorothy Tanner
Lumonics Then & Now. The eye-dazzling yet relaxing Lumonics: Then & Now: A Retrospective of Light-Based Sculpture by Dorothy & Mel Tanner transforms the interior galleries of the Museum of Outdoor Arts into a world of their own. The spotlights have been dimmed so that the Tanners’ internally lighted transparent acrylic sculptures and wall panels, along with their projected videos, can gently glow in the near-darkness. A soft electronic soundtrack composed by Dorothy Tanner and longtime collaborator Marc Billard adds another soothing aspect to the exhibit. Mel and Dorothy were already established artists when, in 1969, Mel had what Dorothy calls “an epiphany.” At the time, he was creating abstract paintings and she was doing abstract sculptures. Mel’s breakthrough was the realization that they should add light, sound and, in the early years, performance to their conjoined practices, and Dorothy readily embraced the idea. Mel worked in this way until the end of his life; Dorothy, who is 94, is, believe it or not, still at it. This show is not to be missed. Through March 24 at the Museum of Outdoor Arts, 1000 Englewood Parkway, 303-806-0444, moaonline.org. Read the full review of Lumonics: Then & Now.

MORE PICTURES FROM THE EXHIBITION

 Jabberwocky by Dorothy Tanner
Photographer: 
Michael McIntyre

 

Space City by Mel Tanner
Photographer:  Michael McIntyre

 

Space Flower by Dorothy Tanner
Photographer: Gregory Daurer

 


 Inversion by Mel Tanner (foreground)
 Messenger by Dorothy Tanner
Photographer: Gregory Daurer

 


Sand Castle by Dorothy Tanner
Photographer: Diane Allison

 


Blue Field by Mel Tanner
Photographer: Diane Allison

 


Messenger by Dorothy Tanner
Photographer: Stefan Krusze, The Villager

 

Blinker (left) and Post-Mayan by Mel Tanner
Photographer: Stefan Krusze, The Villager


Floating by Dorothy Tanner
Photographer: Janine Trudell, Tailwind Media


Jupiter by Dorothy Tanner
Photographer: Janine Trudell, Tailwind Media

 

Exhibition Reviews & Media
Westword by Michael Paglia
Documentary presented at Film & Forum, produced by MOA
Film & Forum Video, produced by Travis Powell
The Denver Post and One Good Eye by Ray Mark Rinaldi
Independent Review by Todd Siler
ArtBeat Magazine by Wendy Pitton
5280 Magazine by Abbey White
Littleton Independent by Sonya Ellingboe
Westword: 100 Colorado Creatives by Susan Froyd
Denver Life Magazine by Hayley Woodward
Exploring the Denver Art Scene (Todd Siler Segment)
Exploring the Denver Art Scene, Part 1 (28 minutes)
Denver Art Shows to See Now by Michael Paglia, Westword

 

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