James Turrell’s Skyspace

James Turrell’s Skyspace





We are lucky to have three Turrell spaces here in Houston. If you are unfamiliar with his work, he uses light as a medium, and often uses and mixes interior and exterior spaces. Photographs of his work, while beautiful, can’t possibly capture the entire essence. If you have an opportunity, visit. This particular exhibition, Skyspace, was commissioned by Rice University. The full name, Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion, James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany sky space, is in honor of Booth who had a huge part in making it happen. Booth went to Rice for her undergrad, and assisted Dominique de Menil during her time there. During her masters at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts she assisted Turrell while he was working on his space for PS1 in Queens, and his retrospective at the Whitney Museum.

The sky space sits adjacent to the Shepherd School of Music, and is acoustically engineered for musical performances and sound experimentation. It’s available for viewing at any time, but the light shows happen at sunrise and sunset. Check out the times on the Rice website, and note that you need free reservations for evening times.

※ photograph by dc

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