James Turrell: A Retrospective

James Turrell @lacma

James Turrell @lacma

The LACMA exhibition explores nearly fifty years in the career of James Turrell (b. 1943, Los Angeles), a key artist in the Southern California Light and Space movement of the 1960s and 70s. The exhibition includes early geometric light projections, prints and drawings, installations exploring sensory deprivation and seemingly unmodulated fields of colored light, and recent two-dimensional work with holograms. One section is devoted to the Turrell masterwork in process, Roden Crater, a site-specific intervention into the landscape just outside Flagstaff, Arizona, presented through models, plans, photographs, and films. The exhibition includes a separately-ticketed experience, Light Reignfall, from the artist’s Perceptual Cell series, with a limited number of tickets available (special conditions apply).

James Turrell’s Perceptual Cell

James Turrell's Perceptual Cell

James Turrell's Perceptual Cell

Light Reignfall is a work from James Turrell’s Perceptual Cells series; it is a freestanding enclosed structure that provides an experience for one viewer at a time. Assisted by an attendant, an individual viewer enters a spherical chamber on a sliding bed. A program of saturated light (operated by a technician) surrounds the viewer for twelve minutes, allowing the visitor to experience the intense, multidimensional power of light and the complex seeing instrument of the human eye.

Booking an Appointment
Because of the nature of the artwork, tickets are extremely limited for Perceptual Cell. Appointments are timed every 20 minutes for one person at a time. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Ticket Office, by phone at 323 857-6010, or online. Visitors are strongly encouraged to book in advance as we expect many spaces to fill. Please note: Perceptual Cell tickets are currently SOLD OUT through the middle of October.

Ticket Prices
A Perceptual Cell ticket includes admission to the rest of the James Turrell: A Retrospective exhibition and the rest of the museum.

LACMA Members $15
General Public $45

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Credit: LACMA - The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Credit: LACMA - The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Credit: LACMA - The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Credit: LACMA - The Los Angeles County Museum of Art