September 4, 2013

James Turrell: Sensing Space

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
James Turrell, Aten Reign, 2013. Daylight and LED light. Temporary site-specific installation, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York © James Turrell. Photo: David Heald © SRGF

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is pleased to announce James Turrell: Sensing Space, a half-day symposium and live webcast held in conjunction with the exhibition James Turrell on view through September 25, 2013. Scholars present diverse perspectives on the aesthetic, philosophical, historical, and spiritual dimensions of James Turrell’s work. Individual presentations by Thomas Crow, Miwon Kwon, and Mark Taylor are followed by a conversation moderated by Nat Trotman, Associate Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and cocurator of James TurrellOnline viewers are encouraged to join the conversation online by following @Guggenheim on Twitter.


The Young Turrell: War Resister and Reluctant Artist,” Thomas Crow, New York University

Light is Material,” Miwon Kwon, University of California, Los Angeles

Refiguring Vision,” Mark Taylor, Columbia University, New York

About the Speakers:

Thomas Crow is Provostial Fellow for the Arts and Humanities and the Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Previously, he served as Director of the Getty Research Institute and taught at various universities. The recipient of numerous awards, Crow has written extensively on eighteenth-century French art as well as modern and contemporary American art.

Miwon Kwon is Professor and Chair in the Department of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research and writing on contemporary art are informed by her training in architecture and photography and engage other disciplines including public art and urban studies. She is the author of One Place After Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity (MIT Press, 2002). In 2012, Kwon cocurated Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Mark Taylor is Chair of the Department of Religion at Columbia University. A leading thinker on postmodernism, he has written on diverse topics including art, architecture, philosophy, literature, religion, science, financial markets, and education. Taylor has received numerous awards and contributes to the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, among other periodicals.

Nat Trotman is an Associate Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and cocurator of the current exhibition James Turrell. Over the past decade he has organized numerous exhibitions for the Guggenheim, including Paweł Athamer: Almech (2011); Found in Translation (2011); and Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance (2010, with Jennifer Blessing). Trotman has worked closely with several artists on site-specific projects for the Guggenheim rotunda and has written extensively on performance, photography, and time-based art.

Information and Tickets

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Program details are subject to change.

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