Light Walk: Bob Miller and the Exploratorium

October 25, 2014–February 13, 2015
Hours vary; please check SFPL's calendar for details

Art, Music & Recreation Center, Main Library 4th floor, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco


To celebrate the 40th anniversary of our Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program, the Exploratorium and San Francisco Public Library present an investigation of the work of Bob Miller (1935–2007), natural philosopher, light artist, and creator of many of the museum's most iconic exhibits about light, color, and shadow. On view at the Main Library from October 25, 2014 to February 13, 2015, the exhibition includes papers, letters, photographs, and objects, as well as public programs inspired by Miller’s work. One of the first artists to work at the Exploratorium, Miller was invited to "come and play" by museum founder Frank Oppenheimer in 1970. He stayed for nearly two decades, inspiring the creation of the museum's official AIR program in 1974. Miller’s fabled “Light Walks”—journeys outside the museum to explore images and sunlight with simple yet ingenious props—were a singular blend of performance art and radical pedagogy, and are emblematic of the countless ways he shaped the experimental culture of the museum. Light Walk includes several performances and screenings inspired by Miller’s work, including Radiant Cinema, a film program curated by Cinema Arts screening at the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium on October 29, and Actual Reality, a performance by Los Angeles–based artists Lucky Dragons happening at the Exploratorium on November 20.