This video documents the "Film and Forum" discussion with Dorothy Tanner on February 25, 2017 at the Museum of Outdoor Arts. There is short film about Mel and Dorothy Tanner and their light-based artwork, known as "Lumonics", spanning over 40-years. Following the film, Dorothy Tanner joined MOA Executive Director & President, Cynthia Madden Leitner and "Think Like a Genius" author, Todd Siler, on stage for a brief discussion about her and her late husband's artistic journey.
About Dorothy Tanner:
While Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and the Who were all busy playing with their lasers, artist Dorothy Tanner was inventing a different kind of light show. In the 1960s, together with her late husband, Mel, the now 94-year-old created an artistic style known as “Lumonics”, a technique that involves LED-lit abstract sculptures backed by soundtracks that add to the display’s mood. Lumonics soon took off, and the Tanners brought the art form with them from Maine to Miami, often collaborating with theater troupes and musicians throughout the years.
Several years after Mel died, Dorothy moved to Colorado, where she opened Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery at Tanner Studio. “Palm trees and flatlands became boring after a while,” she says. By that point, Dorothy had been diagnosed with glaucoma and macular degeneration. But even though her vision is deteriorating, she hasn’t stopped creating. In fact, you can still see her immersive installations in “Then and Now: A Retrospective Exhibition of Light-Based Sculptures by Dorothy & Mel Tanner”, currently on display at the Museum of Outdoor Arts through March 24, 2017.
This video was produced by Travis Powell