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James Turrell, Roden Crater Project (1979– ), Flagstaff, Arizona. Photo: Florian Holzherr © James Turrell

Lectures & Symposia

Sky Light

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

Although the sky is half of the environment and light is what activates sight, in this era both are taken for granted. The ancients, however, engaged the sky and manipulated its light, from prehistoric Ireland’s Newgrange to Abu Simbel in upper Egypt, on the equinox at Chichén Itza in Yucatán and at winter solstice at Chankillo in Peru. Through monumental, theatrical, and visually powerful experiences, these places connected people with the cosmos and extracted meaning from space and time.

The monumental works of James Turrell also anchor audiences with celestial light, but Turrell’s motivation is different. Astronomer and Griffith Observatory Director Dr. E.C. Krupp has studied ancient, prehistoric, and traditional astronomy for 40 years and has personally examined nearly two thousand ancient sites. In this program he explores parallels with antiquity and engagements with perception in Turrell's installations, particularly at Roden Crater and Agua de Luz at Cenote Santa María in Merida, Mexico. An exhibition viewing follows the lecture.

SOLD OUT. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the event and stand-by numbers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each person is given one number (good for one ticket), and may hold a number for one other person. After ticket-holders have been seated, numbers will be called in order and stand-by tickets will be sold as space allows. Students and interns with valid ID may purchase standby tickets at $5 discounted ticket price.