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.
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.