After Dark: Glow Opening Night

Thursday, November 18, 2021 • 6:00–10:00 p.m. PT

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Adults Only (18+)

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Light up with delight this winter! Visible light inspires us across cultures, reveals nature’s beauty, and contains clues to the history of space and time. Tonight at After Dark, join us for the opening night of Glow: Discover the Art of Light, a collection of ten luminous sculptures big and small inviting you to connect to, reflect on, and interact with light. Hear from select Glow artists about their work and dive into the processes that light up their sculptures. Also, enjoy a special performance beneath Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon from pianist Tammy Lynne Hall and soprano Leberta Lorál. Don’t miss this joyful seasonal expansion of the Exploratorium’s iconic exhibits on light.

Glow features artworks by Michael Brown, CHiKA, Nick Dong, Alicia Eggert, Ekene Ijeoma, Luke Jerram, Burt Libe, and Ames Palms. 

Just for tonight:

Indoor Bar Inside Kanbar Forum
Osher Gallery 1
6:00–9:30 p.m.

Neon-Bending Demo
With Meryl Pataky and Ames Palms

7:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Neon signs serve as beautiful, glowing beacons that activate our city streets. Did you know that every single one is made by hand? Join artist Meryl Pataky at this neon-bending demo, where she’ll share the steps of the process and the unique tools used in neon-bending. She’ll be accompanied by Ames Palms, who will show neon bending in action!

Moonlight Performance 
With Tammy L. Hall and Leberta Lorál

8:15 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Join pianist Tammy L. Hall and mezzo-soprano Leberta Lorál beneath the glow of Museum of the Moon. The moon has served as a point of inspiration for musicians and composers across time and genre. Tonight, Hall and Lorál harness this inspiration to present a performance celebrating and reflecting upon the moon.

Meet the Artist
Throughout the night, hear from some of the GLOW: Discover the Art of Light artists about their artworks and processes. Look for the artists right next to their works as they share, show, and answer your questions.

Michael Brown
7:00 p.m.
Next to Ghost Horse in Bechtel Gallery 3

7:30 p.m.
Next to SEI05 in Bechtel Gallery 3

Nick Dong
8:00 p.m.
Next to Becoming Horizon and Spacetime in Bechtel Gallery 3

Bacteria That Glow
With Denise King
6:00–10:00 p.m.
Gallery 4, Bio Corridor

Glowing bacteria are an unsolved mystery. Why do they glow? Check out this hands-on exhibit that invites you to adjust airflow into a tank filled with bacteria, resulting in beautiful glowing patterns of light. And hear more from Exploratorium staff members about this phenomenon and the many factors influencing the effect. 

You may also encounter some glowing scorpion molts nearby!

Exemplary Exhibits

Grab an exhibition map and a look at the ten illuminating artworks that make up GLOW and are debuting tonight! And be sure to step into the Osher Gallery 1 microcinema to enjoy the short film program Illuminated Frames.

Food and drinks will be available to purchase in our Seaglass Restaurant and at the outdoor bar in Gallery 5 to enjoy in those designated spaces during After Dark. Please note that there is no drinking or eating allowed elsewhere in the museum at this time.

Curious about what to expect during your visit? Check out our current safety protocols and guidelines.