James Turrell: Sensing Space – Symposium and Live Webcast

The Guggenheim Museum in New York will be hosting a half-day symposium, called James Turrell: Sensing Space, in connection with their current James Turrell exhibition, which will take place on Friday, September 20th at 3:30pm EST.

If you are in New York you can get ticket here. UPDATE : Tickets to the symposium are sold out.

If you are unable to attend (like myself) the museum will be webcasting the symposium live at guggenheim.org/live.

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. Individual presentations by Thomas Crow, Miwon Kwon, and Mark Taylor are followed with a conversation moderated by Nat Trotman. The program concludes with an exhibition viewing of James Turrell.

Watch a live online broadcast of this program at guggenheim.org/live.

The talks being presented are:

“The Young Turrell: War Resister and Reluctant Artist,” Thomas Crow, New York University
Imbued with the pacifism and an ethic of service he inherited from his Quaker family, James Turrell’s early formation as an artist cannot be separated, either aesthetically or practically, from his social activism, which led to him facing federal prosecution.

“Light is Material,” Miwon Kwon, University of California, Los Angeles
A consideration of James Turrell’s practice as less a dematerialization of the art object, as is often said, and more a unique endeavor to materialize light as a confluence of visual, sculptural, and architectural phenomenon.

“Refiguring Vision,” Mark Taylor, Columbia University, New York
A discussion of Turrell’s Roden Crater Project in relation to 19th- and 20th-century philosophy and technologies of perception as well as native American religious rituals. Special attention will be given to the relationship between the work of art and ritual practice.

I will be unable to get to this exhibition before it closes so I hope some of you readers will share your experience of this work. It look amazing.

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