June 20th, 2013 – In the most dramatic transformation of New York’s Guggenheim Museum ever conceived, that wasn’t CGI’ed in a blockbuster action movie, American artist James Turrell’s powerful exhibition begins tomorrow and focuses on the artist’s groundbreaking explorations of perception, light, color, and space.
Tomorrow marks Turrell’s first exhibition in a New York museum in 32 years. The entrancing exhibition, aptly titled Aten Reign, is a major new project that recasts the Guggenheim rotunda as an enormous volume, filled with shifting artificial and natural light. Reorienting visitors’ experiences of Frank Lloyd Wright’s original curvacious rotunda from above to below, Aten Reign gives form to the air and light occupying the museum’s central void, proposing an entirely new experience of the structure. The exhibition kicks off on June 21st, 2013 and comes to a close on September 25th.
James Turrell, Aten Reign, 2013. Daylight and LED light. Temporary site-specific installation, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York © James Turrell. Photography captured by David Heald © SRGF