The Guggenheim Rotunda Transformed

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Jun 24, 2013 9:57PM

Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic rotunda has been transformed into a light installation in James Turrell, the artist's first solo exhibition in New York in more than 30 years. The exhibition features a major new site-specific work, Aten Reign (2013), which represents one of the most dramatic transformations of the museum ever conceived—reimagining the rotunda of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic building as one of Turrell’s luminous and immersive Skyspaces. 

The exhibition opened on June 21, the summer solstice. The installation fills the museum’s central void with shifting natural and artificial light and intense, modulating color, creating a dynamic perceptual experience that exposes the materiality of light. Including select early works in addition to the monumental new installation, James Turrell considers the dominant themes explored by the artist for nearly fifty years, focusing on his investigations of perception, light, color, and space and the critical role of site-specificity in his practice.