New York Museum Transformed Into A Moving Light Chamber [Pics]

New York Museum Transformed Into A Moving Light Chamber [Pics]
Arts & Culture

James Turrell's new exhibition at the Guggenheim fills the building's famed rotunda with shifting LED and natural rays.

Emma Hutchings
  • 24 june 2013

American artist James Turrell‘s new exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (his first in an NYC museum since 1980) focuses on his groundbreaking explorations of perception, light, color, and space. At its core is the installation ‘Aten Reign’, which recasts the museum’s famed rotunda as an enormous volume filled with shifting colored LED and natural light.

Artist Transforms The Guggenheim Into A Light Chamber [Pics]

Described as “one of the most dramatic transformations of the museum ever conceived,” the installation effectively reimagines Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic architecture. Reorienting visitors’ experiences of the rotunda from all angles, it gives form to the air and light occupying the museum’s central void.

Other works from throughout Turrell’s career will be displayed in the museum’s Annex Level galleries, offering a complement and counterpoint to the new work in the rotunda. The exhibition runs until September 25th. Click through to see images of ‘Aten Reign’:

James Turrell

Photos by David Heald (SRGF)

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