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James Turrell, End Around: Ganzfeld, 2006, neon and fluorescent light (2007 installation at Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, California), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of the estate of Isabel B. Wilson in memory of Peter C. Marzio. © James Turrell / Photograph by Florian Holzherr

James Turrell in Context: From the Dark Room to the North Star

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Alison de Lima Greene, MFAH curator, Contemporary Art & Special Projects

Whether harnessing the light at sunset or transforming the glow of a television set into a fluctuating portal, James Turrell’s art places viewers in a realm of pure experience. “I want to create an atmosphere that can be consciously plumbed with seeing,” he says, “like the wordless thought that comes from looking in a fire.”

Highlighting the artist’s ongoing exploration of "seeing," this lecture provides a review of his career, with special focus on the summer exhibition James Turrell: The Light Inside and Turrell's permanent fixtures in Houston: The Light Inside at the MFAH; Twilight Epiphany at Rice University; and One Accord at the Live Oak Friends Meeting House.

A reception follows. Questions? E-mail

This event is sold out. Standby tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis from the Brown Auditorium Theater box office one hour prior to the program. Please note that standby access is not guaranteed; guests in the standby line will be accommodated only if seating is available.

General admission is free on Thursdays courtesy of Shell.

Education programs receive generous funding from the Kinder Foundation; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; ExxonMobil; the Favrot Fund; Michael C. Linn in memory of his mother Patricia G. Linn; the National Museum of Korea; Mrs. Evelyn Houstoun Chew; The Hamill Foundation; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Boeing Company; An Anonymous Donor; Mr. William J. Hill; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; JPMorgan Chase Foundation; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; and The Susan Vaughan Foundation.