James Turrell

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James Turrell James Turrell 

Twilight Epiphany, 2012
Grass, concrete, composite steel, granite, plaster, paint and LED lighting
Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion; West Quadrangle

Gift of Suzanne Deal Booth

Standing adjacent to the Shepherd School of Music on the Rice University campus, the James Turrell Skyspace titled Twilight Epiphany is visible from the surrounding Texas Medical Center and many neighboring high-rises. Accommodating 120 people on two levels, the space is acoustically engineered for musical performances and serves as a laboratory for music students. The pyramid-like structure is equipped with an LED light sequence that projects onto the ceiling and through the 72-foot square knife-edge roof at sunrise and sunset. Turrell’s composition of light complements the natural light present at sunrise and sunset, and it transforms the Skyspace into a place of contemplation within the Rice campus and the natural world. Twilight Epiphany is made possible by Rice alumna and Board of Trustee member Suzanne Deal Booth. To learn more, visit the Skyspace website skyspace.rice.edu.

About the Artist: For more than three decades, James Turrell has used light and indeterminate space to extend and enhance perception. Turrell earned a B.A. at Pomona College, and a M.F.A at Claremont Graduate School, University of California, Irvine. He was the recipient of both Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships. His work has been the subject of more than 140 solo exhibitions worldwide since 1967. Since 1972, he has been transforming the Roden Crater, a natural cinder volcano in Arizona’s Painted Desert, into a large-scale artwork. Permanent installations are on view at the Guggenheim Museum in New York; the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas; the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, Germany; and the Panza Collection in Varese, Italy, among others. In 2009, the James Turrell Museum officially opened at the Bodega Colomé in Salta, Argentina. Turrell has two other major projects in Houston: the Quaker Meeting House and “The Light Inside,” a site-specific, artificially-lit interior installation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.     


Photo by Florian Holzherr