James Turrell: Light Spaces

June 7, 2014-October 18, 2014
Location: Nathan Cummings Building for Modern and Contemporary Art
Artist: James Turrell
Curator: Rita Kersting

For almost fifty years, James Turrell, one of the giants of contemporary art, has been exploring the ways in which light is seen and experienced. Treating light as a material in his impressive and magical works, Turrell examines accepted conventions of consciousness and sight. In his spectacular installations, the spiritual and the technological intersect as light is framed, multiplied, altered, and isolated. The Israel Museum and Turrell have a long and successful relationship: the artist’s works were displayed at the Museum in 1982, and ten years later he created the sculpture Space That Sees for the Billy Rose Art Garden. Turrell’s current exhibition, Light Spaces, is based on the recent retrospective displayed at LACMA in honor of the artist’s seventieth birthday.