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Cut 'n' Paste: From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City

Collage: debunked. While this may bring to mind art class in middle school or craft time with your grandparents, the MoMA is attempting to revitalize this forgotten art form with their newest installment, Cut ‘n’ Paste. Yes, many of us are trained to Photoshop or filter our photos on Instagram, but where did this all come from? Good old fashioned paper, scissors, and glue. Surprisingly, collage is about as modern as you can get. It is a continually layered, shaped, and constructed combination of images revealing pieces of history and evoking emotion. The process of collage itself is “this specific condition of modernity.”

MoMA wants onlookers to revisit this fundamentally critical technique “as an extended cultural notion of layering, juxtaposition, and remix that has shaped perception of the urban realm over the past century.” Taken from the vaults, the curators are pulling classic pieces from Mies van der Rohe, Colin Rowe, Fred Koetter, Franz West, and Martha Rosler. By doing this, the exhibition is revisiting the origin of collage and following it through time until the present. Visitors will see the familiar look of a digital collage at the beginning of the exhibit, and will be transported back in time to see where all of this began.

This exhibition will be open July 10th through December 1st. Adult tickets are $25, but with student ID, they are only $14. For more information on this exhibition, check out their website.

James Turrell Exhibition at the Guggenheim

I make spaces that apprehend light for our perception, and in some ways gather it, or seem to hold it…my work is more about your seeing than it is about my seeing, although it is a product of my seeing.”
—James Turrell

Now, at the Guggenheim Museum, witness extraordinary artistic creations by James Turrell in his exhibition Aten Reign (2013). Best known for his current work in progress, Roden Crater that he is turning into a gigantic naked-eye observatory, Turrell is bringing his unparalleled perceptive abilities to New York City to showcase his visionary comprehension of the interaction of light and space. Since 1966, Turrell has been at the forefront of the Light and Space Group of artists in Los Angeles, utilizing light projections, sky spaces, tunnels, and natural landmarks. Turrell has won over 40 art and architecture awards combined for his work. Calvin Tompkins, a critic for the New Yorker wrote, “His work is not about light, or a record of light; it is light—the physical presence of light made manifest in sensory form.”

Utilizing the tantalizing physical structure of the Guggenheim, Turrell has completely transformed the rotunda into this voluminous space to explore the interaction of shifting artificial and natural light. One of the features of this exhibition is a complete remodeling of Frank Lloyd Wright’s classic architectural masterpiece, the Guggenheim itself. Viewers can explore the intriguing curves of the museum interior space, and experience a full body sensory experience. Due to the centricity of the exhibit, visitors are now going to be able to view the work from a new perspective, not just from above to below. “My work has no object, no image and no focus,” Turrell says. “With no object, no image and no focus, what are you looking at? You are looking at you looking. What is important to me is to create an experience of worldless thought.”

The exhibit will be on display from June 21st through September 25th. Tickets are $18. For more information on this exhibition, check out the Guggenheim’s website. And, for continual updates on Turrell’s ongoing projects check out his Facebook and website.