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James Turrell Exhibit at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

James Turrell Exhibit at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
by Taliesin Thomas, 1st year IDSVA student

Living in New York City affords a constant bombardment of the senses, a cornucopia of stimulation. One could say this about any metropolis on the planet, however, the visual energy of city is truly invigorating. The act of observing the sea of humanity on the subways alone affords a daily glance at popular trends, cultural dispositions, and creative expression. Beyond the artistic inspiration of the quotidian, one can encounter art from every corner of the globe and every period in history at numerous world-class art institutions. I suppose that is why I was so moved by my recent visit to the James Turrell exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, because it managed to strip away all aesthetic distraction. I have always loved everything about the Guggenheim—the size, the shape, the architect, and the diversity of programming. (In fact I was named after a Frank Lloyd Wright house and my first post-undergraduate unpaid-internship was in their Education Department, which proved to be an invaluable step into the New York art world.)