About James Turrell
For more than half a century, American artist James Turrell (b. 1943) has used light, space, and the sky to engage viewers with the real wonder and perceived limits of human perception. Erected in 2012, Twilight Epiphany, the James Turrell Skyspace at the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion at Rice University, is one of the artist's largest works and is his 73rd worldwide. It is also the first Skyspace to be engineered for acoustics, both for live performances and for electronic music.
Turrell’s work has been the subject of more than 150 solo exhibitions worldwide. Since 1972 he has been transforming Roden Crater, a natural cinder volcano situated in Arizona’s Painted Desert, into a large-scale artwork. The artist's permanent installations are on view at the Guggenheim Museum and MoMA P.S.1 in New York City; the University of Texas at Austin; the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; the Panza Collection in Varese, Italy, and in some of the most significant public and private collections in the world. Turrell is the recipient of several prestigious awards in art and architecture, including the National Medal of Arts, the MacArthur Fellowship, and awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy of Arts and Science, and the American Academy in Rome, among many other significant achievements. The artist has two other major projects in Houston, the Quaker Live Oak Meetinghouse and “The Light Inside,” a site-specific, neon and ambiently lit interior installation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The artist lives and works in Flagstaff, Arizona.