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Realizing that it was one of Bank of America’s Museums on Us weekends, I decided to head for the Guggenheim Museum last Sunday to check out the new James Turrell exhibit and installation.

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Turrell plays with the elemental qualities of light in his installations, which are stunning in their stark simplicity. Purely using light projected onto the corner of a room, he creates the visual illusion of a solid object floating in space. For his centerpiece in the rotunda, he transforms the architectural ceiling and interior of the Guggenheim into a contemplative, atmospheric environment. Visitors are welcome to lie on a mat in the center of the room and observe the gradual changes in the light. I love how museums are increasingly engaging with the audience in interactive ways, and expanding the possibilities of the museum experience.

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