How many words can you think of that describe light? Your list can include characteristics, opposite words, and metaphors for the concept of light.
The exhibition Nur: Light in Art and Science from the Islamic World explores the concept of light and the many ways it is captured, studied, and featured in works of art and scientific objects from Islamic culture (nur is the Arabic word for “light”). A work of art from the exhibition titled A Panel Depicting the Tuba Tree, with the 99 Names of God on Its Leaves is currently on view in the Center for Creative Connections (C3). This painting illustrates the concept that there can be many meanings associated with a single idea. Similarly, visitors are invited to add their ideas to a growing collection of light-related words in the accompanying community installation.
Leave your ideas on what light is through the run of the exhibition, which closes on June 29.
Melissa Nelson Gonzales is the C3 Gallery Manager at the DMA.