James Turrell: Passageways and my trip

Echo in the Film
Apr 20, 2017 · 3 min read


I heard about James Turrell for a while from one of friends who study visual arts. I’m interested in his works and theories about light and nature, so I found this movie Passageways to know more about him.

It documents the infamously reclusive Earthworks artist James Turrell, and his majestic Rodin Crater project that he’s been working on for about 25 years now.

After watched this short movie, I made a plan that when I can study in New York, I must go to see his work.

My friend and I went to MoMA PS1 in February. MoMA PS1 is one of the largest art institutions in the United States dedicated solely to contemporary art. The most interesting one called “Meeting” which is designed by an artist James Turrell.

We noticed that his main concerned is about light and space. The “Meeting” which is a site-specific installation that invites viewers to gaze upwards toward an unobstructed view of the sky.

We decided to see “Meeting” and looked forward to seeing James Turrell’s Skyspaces.

Then we arrived MoMA PS1 at 2pm. I really enjoy the atmosphere and the simple decoration of the museum.

We found the “Meeting” room, and the sunset lighting program begins around 20 minutes before sundown. We wait for about half an hour, and finally entered the “Meeting” room and waited for the sundown.

My friend and I found the combination of light and sky was amazing and very creative. We stayed in the “Meeting” room about an hour in order to see all the changes that James Turrell brought to us.

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