Light x Eight:  The Hanukkah Project 2002

November 22, 2002 - February 2, 2003

An interactive, multimedia exhibition of eight works of contemporary art displayed in unexpected locations throughout the Museum.

The Jewish Museum celebrates Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, with an interactive, multimedia exhibition. Eight works of contemporary art are displayed in unexpected locations throughout the Museum, such as lobbies, stairwells, ceilings and windows, encouraging a spirit of discovery and active participation.

The eight works have been selected for the different ways in which they use light as medium and metaphor. Casting light by video projection, surface reflection, or programmed illumination, these eight works illuminate and transform the museum’s spaces. The works reflect Hanukkah’s dual spirit of joyful celebration and meditative commemoration. Several of the pieces use light to play with numbers and mathematical principles, methods of perception, or systems of communication. Yet at the same time they are playful, the works also invite contemplation of light’s suggestive dualities: absence and presence, transience and permanence, literal and spiritual.


  • Julian LaVerdiere
  • Tatsuo Miyajima
  • Sheila Moss
  • Philippe Parreno
  • Liz Phillips
  • Ben Schachter
  • Leo Villareal
  • Xavier Veilhan
Light x Eight is supported by the Barbara S. Horowitz Contemporary Art Fund and the Melva Bucksbaum Contemporary Art Fund.