James Turrell, Meeting

On a recent adventure out to Queens with Mandilla, we stopped by MoMA PS1 to check out the Greater New York, which is a compilation of work from artists living and working in New York. This year's compilation was the 5th edition. Some of the work was stronger and more cohesive than others, but the exhibit overall was worth making the trek from Brooklyn for. The mural in the photograph above is one of the first things you see when you enter the exhibit.

Completely separate from the exhibit, in a classroom on the third floor of MoMA PS1 was James Turrell's Meeting. This exhibit has been in place since 1980 and somehow this was my first time viewing it. I spent maybe twenty minutes in the room, trying to figure out if the ceiling was actually open to the sky or if it was an optical illusion.

This space is second in a series called "Skyspaces" that Turrell began in the 1970s. The room is completely empty aside from the wooden benches wrapping around the room. In the photograph below, you can see the richness of the wood and the reflection of the natural light bouncing on the grain. After walking through the previous exhibit, Meeting provided a brief moment of clarity; as a viewer you can sit, look up, and watch the sky. 

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