June 1, 2013 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - James Turrell programs
June 1, 2013

James Turrell programs

James Turrell, rendering for Aten Reign, 2013. Daylight and LED light. Site-specific installation, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. © James Turrell. Rendering: Andreas Tjeldflaat, 2012. © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

James Turrell Public Programs

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
5th Ave at 89th Street
New York City



In conjunction with James Turrell, the artist’s first solo exhibition in a New York museum since 1980, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is pleased to announce a vibrant series of public programs, including a conversation with the artist, a concert, a lecture, a symposium, and tours led by museum specialists. All ticketed programs are followed by an exhibition viewing of James Turrell, on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum June 21–September 25, 2013, including Aten Reign (2013), the major new project that recasts the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda as an enormous volume filled with natural and artificial light.

The Elaine Terner Cooper Education Fund: Conversations with Contemporary Artists 
James Turrell with Michael Govan
Friday, June 21, 2pm
On the occasion of a new site-specific installation at the Guggenheim, James Turrell joins Michael Govan, Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and co-curator of James Turrell: A Retrospective, in conversation about the different aspects of the artist’s singular oeuvre on view in three concurrent exhibitions in Houston, Los Angeles, and New York.

Sky Light: Dr. E. C. Krupp
Wednesday, July 17, 6:30pm
Although the sky is half of the environment and light is what activates sight, both are taken for granted today. However, from prehistoric Ireland’s Newgrange to Egypt’s Abu Simbel to Mexico’s Chichén Itza, the ancients engaged the sky and manipulated its light. The monumental works of James Turrell also anchor audiences with celestial light, but with different motivation. In this program, astronomer and Griffith Observatory Director E. C. Krupp explores parallels with antiquity and engagements with perception in Turrell’s installations, particularly at Roden Crater and Agua de Luz (2012) at Cenote Santa María in Mérida, Mexico. 

Philip Glass: In Concert
Thursday, September 19, 7pm
Renowned for his immersive music of repetitive structures, Philip Glass performs an exclusive one-hour concert within Aten Reign (2013), James Turrell’s new site-specific installation at the Guggenheim. Limited capacity. Select tickets include a private reception with the artist immediately following the performance. Tickets go on sale July 1. 

James Turrell: Sensing Space
Friday, September 20, 3:30pm
In this half-day program, scholars present on topics that cover the range of James Turrell’s work, including the nature of perception, conditions of site-specificity, and the philosophy of aesthetics. Speakers include Thomas Crow (New York University), Miwon Kwon (University of California, Los Angeles), and Mark Taylor (Columbia University, New York), among others. 

Join Guggenheim curators and conservators for a focused tour of James Turrell. FREE with museum admission. No advance registration required. All tours begin at 2pm. 

Curator’s Eye 
Friday, July 19 and Friday, September 13: led by Nat Trotman

Conservator’s Eye 
Friday, August 23: led by Joanna Phillips

For Visitors with Disabilities
Mind’s Eye Programs
Monday, July 1, 6:30pm
Wednesday, July 10, 2pm
Visitors who are blind or have low vision are invited to join us for a tour and discussion of James Turrell conducted through Verbal Imaging and touch. FREE. Space is limited and RSVP is required; call 212 360 4355 or e-mail access [​at​] guggenheim.org at least one week before the program date. For more information, visit guggenheim.org/mindseye.

The July 19 Curator’s Eye tour led by Nat Trotman (see above) will be ASL-interpreted.

Information and Tickets
To learn more or buy tickets to all public programs, visit www.guggenheim.org/calendar or call the Box Office at 212 423 3587.


James Turrell programs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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