Light Color And Design At The Guggenheim

Dated: July 28 2013

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From June 21,2013 through September 25,2013, you will have the opportunity to experience the brilliant, evocative artwork of James Turrell at the Guggenheim in his first New York Museum show since 1980. The Rotunda is this enormous, beautiful space within the Guggenheim which, during this time frame, will be filled with shifting natural and artificial light. I haven't been to it yet, but like a moth to a flame, the lure of delight is simply irresistible and I know that I will make it a priority to get to that show. I have heard of people who felt so disoriented after their experience with the show that they felt as if they were stoned and even had a kind of sluggish, slightly annoying hang-over for a couple of days. I think I can handle that- the trade off- being so blissed out by the psychedelic morphing of nestled, ever expanding and shape-shifting shapes which might start their lives in a fairly muted state but become positively, radiantly jewel-like in their life's progression. Since the 1970's James Turrell has been isolating and framing light and it's effects, sometimes with a holy, transcendental and very spiritual aspect. I have always enjoyed his Skyspaces, lyrical and full of natural light artfully mixed with artificial light. Now, super sized to fill the Rotunda at the Guggenheim, Aten Reign 2013 seems like it could be heaven. Some suggest that this kind of installation is not much different from what master theatrical lighting designers do with lights and scrims on a daily basis with much greater modesty, But, I think not. This is an incredible installation piece-per se, which you must get to without fail.   
Also at the Guggenheim:
June 8,28,2013-ongoing is Kandinsky in Paris, 1934-1944.
May 10,2013- September 8,2013 is New Harmony: Abstraction between the Wars, 1919-1939
July 27, 2012- September 25,2013, A Long Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian House and Pavilion. This exhibition pays homage to the first Frank Lloyd Wright- designed structures in New York City.
Plan your visit to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street), New York City, New York, 10128-0173. Box office-  1-212-423-3587. E-mail- 
I am not sure, but I think many local Libraries have day passes to quite a few of the New York (and other) Museums which, if you are a member in good standing, can be signed out- much like a book- for a day or two. But don't be greedy with your time as there are many people who need to defray the cost of a trip into NYC with the help of these precious day passes. Check with your local Libraries and have a blast!
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Kacy Coyle Dow

Growing up in Rockland County and being a 3rd generation realtor, it was important for me to continue the "Coyle & Coyle" family tradition of real estate. I understand the importance of professionali....

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