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Twilight Epiphany

Rice's James Turrell skyspace


Visit skyspace.rice.edu to make free reservations for sunset.

Located adjacent to the Shepherd School of Music on the Rice University campus, is the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion, James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany skyspace. The pyramidal structure accommodates 120 people between two levels. Twilight Epiphany is acoustically engineered to host musical performances and to act as a laboratory for music school students. Constructed of grass, concrete, stone and composite steel, the structure is equipped with an LED light sequence that projects onto the ceiling and through an aperture in the 72-foot square knife-edge roof at sunrise and sunset. Turrell’s composition of light complements the natural light present at twilight, and transforms the skyspace into a locale for experiencing beauty and reflective interactions with the surrounding campus and the natural world. Viewing times for the sunrise and sunset light sequences, along with reservation and logistical information, can be found at skyspace.rice.edu. Twilight Epiphany was made possible by Suzanne Deal Booth, Rice alumna and member of the Rice Art Committee.

Welcome to Rice Public Art

Art expands our capacity to perceive, understand and represent the world. Rice Public Art seeks to generate encounters with art that advance the culture of inquiry that characterizes our university. By incorporating site specific works into the campus landscape and interior spaces, the program aims to challenge and inspire the community to imagine its work and lives from unconventional and potentially transformative perspectives. Rice Public Art works in collaboration with The Shepherd School of Music, the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts (VADA), the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory (3CT), the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) and the student organization Art Lab, among others, in an effort to broadly integrate our programming into the academic life at Rice University.

News and Updates

  • Allison Hunter Installation at BRC pop-up galleryArtist reception for Allison Hunter’s BRC pop up gallery installation Feb. 13 HOUSTON – (Feb. 12, 2013) – Rice Public Art is featuring a pop up gallery installation by Rice University’s Humanities Artist in Residence Allison Hunter. A reception for
  • Dana Frankfort painting at BRCHanging from the wall of the main stairwell in the BioScience Research Collaborative is “Think,” a 14-by-9 foot bright yellow painting by Dana Frankfort, commissioned by the Rice Public Art Program.