James Turrell: Meeting at MOMA PS1

James Turrell

James Turrell: Meeting at MOMA PS1

Meeting is a site specific installation at MOMA PS1 that has inspired much of our work. MOMA’s description follows.

There’s this four-square seating that’s inside, seating toward each other, having a space that created some silence, allowing something to develop slowly over time, particularly at sunset. Also, this Meeting has to do with the meeting of space that you’re in with the meeting of the space of the sky. - James Turrell

One of artist James Turrell’s celebrated Skyspaces, Meeting is a site-specific installation that invites viewers to gaze upwards toward an unobstructed view of the sky. A key representative of the “Light and Space” movement centered in Los Angeles during the 1960s, James Turrell creates works of art that consist primarily of light, exploring fundamental questions about the nature of human perception by rendering tangible the act of vision.

 

Meeting was the second Skyspace that Turrell constructed and the first in the United States—becoming a prototype for the many subsequent such works he would construct over the following decades. Originally commissioned in 1976 by P.S.1 founder Alanna Heiss for the museum’s inaugural exhibition, the work was not realized until 1980, and Turrell continued to make modifications until it opened to the public in 1986. In 2016, after a renovation that replaced the original seating and added a new multi-colored lighting program synchronized with the sunrise and sunset, Meeting entered the collection of The Museum of Modern Art.

 

Meeting is located on the northern side of MoMA PS1’s third floor. Access is included with gallery admission during regular museum hours. Please note that seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors are encouraged to monitor the weather and dress accordingly. Meeting will be closed in the case of rain, snow, or other inclement weather.

 

The sunset lighting program begins around 20 minutes before sundown, and is only visible during regular museum hours. Viewing is free with museum admission; seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Refer to the specific sunset times in the New York City area to plan your visit.

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