Wait Until Dark
Wait Until Dark draws from the museum’s collection of painting, prints, and photographs to examine how nocturnes work within the broader category of painting. Generally understood as simply a night scene, the term nocturne refers to the quality of light in a painting, and can be twilight, waxing or waning light, or the darkness of night. Nocturne speaks as much to the mood of a painting as it does the quality of light. Artists use this to create narratives and set the scene for cultural and community events. These works illustrate how darkness conveys a mood that can be dreamy, ethereal, menacing, meditative, brooding, or poetic.