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Elizabeth M. Gollnick

ELIZABETH M. GOLLNICK completed her Ph.D. in art history at Columbia University. Her dissertation Diffusion: Women Light Artists in Postwar California explores the significant contributions of Mary Corse, Helen Pashgian, and Maria Nordman to the origins of light-based practice and the Light and Space movement.

A Survey in Light

At the entrance to Mary Corse: A Survey in Light at the Whitney Museum of American Art, a monitor plays White Light (1968), a film showing a young Mary Corse at work in her studio. In one scene, Corse holds a square of fluorescent tubing, moving it playfully in front of the camera. The square begins to glow, seemingly from within, without any apparent wires or electrical source.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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