Category: Light and Space

Calendar. 03.26.14.

Untitled, 2012-13, by Helen Pashgian
Untitled, 2012-2013, by Helen Pashgian. Part of the artist’s solo show, Light Invisible, at the L.A. County Museum of Art, in Los Angeles. Opens Sunday, in Mid-Wilshire. (Courtesy of Helen Pashgian. Photograph by Josh Morton.)

  • L.A.: Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Illumination at the Culture Crossroads, at the Getty Museum. Through June 22, in West L.A.
  • L.A.: (en)Gendered (in)Equity: The Gallery Tally Poster Project, at ForYourArt. Opens Saturday at 6pm.
  • L.A.: Allen Ruppersberg, Drawing and Writing, 1972-1989, at Marc Selwin. Through May 17, in Beverly Hills.
  • Torrance: Prep School: Prepper & Survivalist Ideologies and Utopian/Dystopian Visions, at the Torrance Art Museum. Opens Saturday.
  • Miami: Anselm Kiefer, at the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse. Through April 26, in the Wynwood District.
  • NYC: When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, at the Studio Museum. Opens Thursday, in Harlem.
  • NYC: Matthias Bitzer: Saturnine Swing, at Marianne Boesky Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Heather Rowe, William Monk, Richard T. Walker, at James Cohan Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Daniel Canogar, Small Data, at Bitforms. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Allan Wexler, Breaking Ground, at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: 1st 20 Years, at Adam Baumgold Gallery. Opens today at 6pm, on the Upper East Side.
  • Madrid: Eltono, Amalgama, at Slowtrack. Opens Thursday.
  • Belgium: Stephan Balkenhol, at Deweer Gallery. Opens Sunday at 3pm, in Otegem.
  • Hong Kong: Billy Childish: Edge of the Forest, at Lehmann Maupin. Opens Thursday.
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Calendar. 05.22.13.

Bridget's Bardo, 2009, by James Turell. (Photo by Florian Holzherr.)
Bridget’s Bardot, 2009, a Ganzfeld space by James Turrell. Part of the artist’s solo exhibition James Turrell: A Retrospective, at the L.A. County Museum of Art. Opens Sunday. (Copyright James Turrell. Photo by Florian Holzherr.)

  • L.A.: A. Quincy Jones, Building for Better Living, at the Hammer Museum. Opens Thursday, in Westwood.
  • Sheboygan, Wisc.: Uncommon Ground, at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Through August 18.
  • Miami: Modern Meals: Remaking American Foods From Farm to Kitchen, at the Wolfsonian Museum. Through September 29, in Miami Beach.
  • NYC: Edward Hopper, Hopper Drawing, at the Whitney Museum. Opens Thursday.
  • NYC: Takuma Nakahira, Circulation: Date, Place, Events, at Yossi Milo Gallery. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Jogging: Soon, an exhibition at Still House. Opens Friday at 6pm, in Red Hook.
  • NYC: Lee Arnold, Rick Caruso, Christina Kelly and Michael Krondle, Natural Selection, at Trestle Gallery. Opens Friday, in Gowanus.
  • Milan: Mike Kelley: Eternity is a Long Time, at HangarBicocca. Opens today.
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Photo Diary: Phemomenal at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.


All kinds of whoaaaaa: Doug Wheeler’s DW 68 VEN MCASD 11 in San Diego. (Photos by C-M.)

I am belatedly uploading some of my pictures from my recent jaunt to California, where I got to poke around some of the Pacific Standard Time exhibits. I saw some true gems — among them the California light and space show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, which is a total perceptual mindfuck (not to mention, totally bud-worthy). Many of the pieces were all about the experience — namely, the tricks your eyes play on you — so taking pictures was often pointless, hence the limited number of images here.

If you go, be sure to spend some quality time inside Eric Orr’s Zero Mass (at the La Jolla location), a pitch black room that requires at least six minutes for your eyes to adjust — but once they do, good lord almighty! It’s like waking up from a weird dream in which everything emerges from a fog. Other highlights that will make you say Duuuuuude are Bruce Nauman’s Green Light Corridor, which will have you seeing magenta (also at La Jolla) and Robert Irwin’s Square the Room (at the downtown branch), in which a scrim and some white paint are used to create an absolutely mind-boggling optical illusion. While downtown, do not miss the paintings by Mary Corse, which contain subtle reflective surfaces that seem to change with every move you make in front of the canvas.

If you live in Cali, this exhibit is one of the PST must-sees. And yes, it is worth dealing with the parking lot otherwise known as the 5.

Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface is on view at both branches of MCASD (in La Jolla and downtown) through January 22.

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