Behind the Screens: Deconstructing the Joshua Light Show

Saturday, April 19, 2014 • 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Kanbar Forum

Included with museum admission.

All Ages

Note: This all-day workshop will include a break for lunch (meals not provided). To RSVP, contact

Go behind the scenes to learn the fascinating history and techniques of the legendary Joshua Light Show in this unique, all-day workshop.

Since light shows first appeared in late ’60s-era Bay Area ballrooms, improvised light performances have become integral to the live music experience. In this workshop, Joshua Light Show founder Joshua White and his collaborators Ana Matronic, Brock Monroe, Dennis Keefe, and Briged Smith will give the history of the art form and share the secrets to their trade—providing detailed demonstrations and deconstructions of each lighting element. Throughout the day they’ll invite hands-on experimentation with everything from liquid gels and mirrors to digital techniques.

Immersive and improvisational, the visually striking performances of the New York City–based Joshua Light Show are unlike any other cinematic experience. Cinema Arts is honored to host their first-ever, intensive public workshop. To attend, please send an RSVP to

Trained by pioneering Bay Area light show artists in the mid-’60s, Joshua White established the Joshua Light Show in 1967. Considered the essential and trailblazing artists of the genre, Joshua and his team served as Artists-in-Residence at the Fillmore East, where their innovative manipulations of light accompanied major artists of the era (The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, etc.).

In the early 2000s, a group of artists worked with Joshua to reimagine the light show, combining his traditional methods with innovative video and digital manipulations and introducing the light show to the art world. This new iteration of the Joshua Light Show is a collective of more than 10 collaborators who have performed at a variety of institutions, including London's Barbican Centre, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Mondavi Center.