James Turrell on View at the Guggenheim Museum through September 25

James Turrell on view at the Guggenheim Museum through September 25

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James Turrell
Through September 25, 2013
James Turrell’s first exhibition in a New York museum since 1980 presents the artist’s groundbreaking explorations of perception, light, color, and space, with a special focus on the role of site specificity in his practice. At its core is the monumental new installation Aten Reign (2013), described by the New York Times as a “ravishing . . . immense, elliptical, nearly hallucinatory play of light and color that makes brilliant use of the museum’s famed rotunda and ocular skylight.” One of the most dramatic transformations of the museum ever conceived, Aten Reign reimagines Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic architecture—its openness to nature, graceful curves, and magnificent sense of space—as one of Turrell’s Skyspaces, referencing in particular his magnum opus Roden Crater Project (1979– ). Other works from throughout the artist’s career are on view in the museum’s Annex Level galleries and High Gallery, offering a complement and counterpoint to the new work in the rotunda. For more information download the press kit at guggenheim.org/presskits.

Public Programs
Philip Glass: In Concert
Thursday, September 19, 7 pm
Renowned for his immersive music of repetitive structures, composer Philip Glass constructs an exclusive one-hour concert performed within Aten Reign (2013), James Turrell’s new site-specific installation at the Guggenheim Museum.
SOLD OUT. Performance $50, $45 members, $35 students and interns with valid ID; performance and private reception with the artist in the Wright $75, $65 members, $50 students and interns with valid ID. For more information, visit guggenheim.org/calendar.

James Turrell: Sensing Space
Friday, September 20, 3:30 pm
In this half-day symposium, scholars present on topics that cover the range of James Turrell’s work, including the nature of perception, conditions of site specificity, and the philosophy of aesthetics. Speakers include Thomas Crow, Provostial Fellow and Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art, Institute of Fine Arts at New York University; Miwon Kwon, Professor and Chair, UCLA Department of Art History; and Mark Taylor, Professor and Chair, Columbia University Department of Religion.
$15, $10 members, free for students with RSVP. For tickets and more information, visit guggenheim.org/calendar.

James Turrell is curated by Carmen Giménez, Stephen and Nan Swid Curator of Twentieth-Century Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Nat Trotman, Associate Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

James Turrell is organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

The Leadership Committee for James Turrell is gratefully acknowledged for its generous support, including Lisa and Richard Baker, Pace Gallery, Almine Rech Gallery, Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, 425 Park Avenue/Simone and David W. Levinson, and those who wish to remain anonymous.

Additional support is provided by the Affirmation Arts Fund.

Admission: Adults $22, students/seniors (65+) $18, members and children under 12 free. Available with admission or by download to personal devices, the Guggenheim’s new, free app offers an enhanced visitor experience. The app features content on special exhibitions, access to more than 1,200 works in the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, and information about the museum’s landmark building. Verbal imaging guides for select exhibitions are also included for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

Museum Hours: Sun–Wed, 10 am–5:45 pm; Fri, 10 am–5:45 pm; Sat, 10 am–7:45 pm; closed Thurs. On Saturdays, beginning at 5:45 pm, the museum hosts Pay What You Wish. For general information, call 212 423 3500 or visit the museum online at:


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August 26, 2013

Keri Murawski, Senior Publicist
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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