Concentrating on the Museum's extraordinary collection of work by American artist James Turrell (born 1943), this presentation makes many of the artist’s installations accessible to the public for the first time. At the conceptual core of the exhibition is The Light Inside, which is permanently installed at the MFAH in the underground Wilson Tunnel. Also included is Vertical Vintage, a grouping of a dozen light-based installations that allow visitors to test the limits of their perception, study the play of illusion, and witness how light shapes space.
Turrell’s Mapping Spaces portfolio and related works to describe his Roden Crater project are featured as well. James Turrell: The Light Inside is one of three concurrent exhibitions independently curated by the MFAH, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Together, these nationwide exhibitions offer a full sense of Turrell's oeuvre, exploring and illuminating different facets of the artist's five-decade career. The appreciation of Turrell's work in Houston extends from the MFAH presentation to the artist’s two local Skyspaces: one at the Live Oak Friends Meeting House in the Heights, and Twilight Epiphany at Rice University in the Museum District.
"Behind Closed Doors" Tours
On select Mondays, enjoy the exhibition in a more intimate fashion, when the Museum is closed to the public. Check back for details—reservations will open soon.
This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.
Generous funding is provided by:
The Brown Foundation, Inc.
Additional support is provided by:
Leslie and Brad Bucher
Sara P. Dodd
The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Isabel B. Wilson, Chairman Emeritus of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
All programs at the MFAH this year receive generous support from Mr. William J. Hill.