Next Year, the Guggenheim Will Become a Giant James Turrell Sculpture

turrell srgm rendering 1 Next Year, the Guggenheim Will Become a Giant James Turrell Sculpture

Rendering of Turrell’s installation for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2012. Artificial and natural light. (Courtesy the artist)

In June the Guggenheim Museum will present James Turrell’s first solo museum exhibition in New York since 1980, an ambitious project that will close the museum’s ramps and use its architecture to create a mass of shifting color similar to his Skyscapes. The show will also feature studies and drawings for his magnum opus, Roden Crater (1976–). The show is part of a tripartite retrospective that will occur simultaneously at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

turrell srgm rendering 2 Next Year, the Guggenheim Will Become a Giant James Turrell Sculpture

Rendering of Turrell’s installation for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2012. Artificial and natural light. (Courtesy the artist)

Mr. Turrell, an artist who works with light and color to play with human perception, will use natural and artificial programmed light to create the effect, which, when looking up, will look a bit like an eyeball with multiple pupils. My colleague Andrew Russeth and I saw the renderings to the left at the museums’ annual press lunch yesterday. So we wanted to share them. It’s going to be great.