Archived Exhibition

Dan Flavin: Constructed Light
February 1, 2008

St. Louis, MO – The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts announces its next exhibition, Dan Flavin: Constructed Light, on view February 1 – October 4, 2008. It opens with a public reception Friday, February 1 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The focus of this exhibition is the experience of Dan Flavin’s work - sculptural installations composed of mass-produced light fixtures and fluorescent tubes - within the architecture and shifting natural light of the Pulitzer building. The exhibition is curated by Tiffany Bell, who was project director of the Dan Flavin catalogue raisonné and currently serves as curator and archivist for the Flavin Studio. The installation will be realized with the oversight and assistance of Stephen Morse, Exhibition Coordinator and Conservator of the Flavin Studio.

Flavin’s art work extends beyond the physical hardware to encompass the surrounding space it illuminates. As a result, his art is inseparable from the architecture in which it is presented. From works that cast light into the dark corners of a room, to corridor pieces that emphasize transitional spaces, to barriers that block sections of a gallery, visitors are forced to reconsider how they move through the building.

This relationship between art and architecture is especially powerful within the Pulitzer building. The architecture, designed by Pritzker Prize-winner Tadao Ando, focuses on natural light and how it shifts throughout the building as the day and seasons progress. Visitors are therefore encouraged to return to the galleries at different times to view the ever-changing interaction between the natural light and that of Flavin’s work. In addition, the Pulitzer will be open from 6-9pm the first Thursday of every month to enable the visitor’s experience during dusk and nighttime hours.
Many of Flavin’s works consist of the same configuration of fixtures. By altering only the color of the bulbs, new works with new titles are created. This aspect of Flavin’s work will be highlighted halfway through the Pulitzer exhibition when the lamps on a number of the art works will be switched. At this point, a new iteration of Flavin’s works will be created, thus allowing for an entirely different experience of color throughout the building.

Through art exhibitions, programs, collaborations, and exchanges with other institutions, the Pulitzer aims to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of art and architecture and is a resource for artists, architects, scholars, students and the general public.

The Pulitzer will be closed January 6th through January 31st for purposes of re-installation.

The Pulitzer is open and free to the public Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. and, beginning with this exhibition, remaining open until 5 p.m. For more information about the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts visit or call 314-754-1850.

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