February 15, 2020

Colorful Lights Lead the Way for James Turrell Exhibition in Mexico City Museum

Gathas by James Turrell, from his 2019 Elliptical Glass series, is on view at the Museo Jumex in Mexico City until March 29. Photography by Florian Holzherr.

James Turrell is known as one of the most important artists of the Southern California Light and Space movement. But perhaps less known is that he studied mathematics, perceptual psychology, and astronomy while attending Pomona College. “My work is more about your seeing than it is about my seeing, although it is a product of my seeing,” he says. Nearly two dozen of these works are in “Pasajes de Luz,” or Passages of Light, which spans two floors of the Museo Jumex. Among the highlights are four room-size installations in which light is formed into and experienced as saturated fields of color. These are accom­panied by other exhibition areas displaying his prints, models, holograms, and photo­graphs, such as aerial views of Roden Crater, Turrell’s immersive project in the Painted Desert region of Northern Arizona.

Squat Blue from his 1968 Projection Piece series. Photography by Florian Holzherr.
Amesha Spentas from his 2019 Ganzfeld series. Photography by Florian Holzherr.

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