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Let there be light: Pace Gallery opens with stunning work by James Turrell

Photo by Pace Gallery
visitors at Pace Gallery's new location in Palo Alto wonder at James Turrell's work

visitors at Pace Gallery’s new location in Palo Alto wonder at James Turrell’s work. Photo by Pace Gallery.

Pace Gallery, a prominent New York art institution, opened its first permanent West Coast location in Palo Alto this week with a dazzling show by acclaimed light artist James Turrell.

The new 3,200 square foot space in the iconic Cardinal Hotel on Hamilton Avenue follows the success of Pace Gallery’s temporary Art+Technology exhibit in Menlo Park. Art+Technology, which closes July 1st, challenges viewers to consider the role of technology in both shaping and experiencing visual art through a variety of interactive exhibits, including a children’s pavilion, where kids can draw and scan their own designs, creating an ever-changing display of visual ideas.

interactive digital art at Pace Gallery's temporary space in Menlo Park

interactive digital art at Pace Gallery’s temporary space in Menlo Park. Photo by Palo Alto Pulse.

Pace’s new gallery in Palo Alto is more traditional, but by opening with work by acclaimed modern artist James Turrell, the visitor gets sense of the forward-thinking sensibility that the new space aims to provide. The exhibition features a number of pieces by Turrell that exemplify the art’s fascination with color, light, perception and space. Viewers don’t just look at a work by James Turrell, they literally inhabit it, with a saturation of color and light that informs both what they see and how they feel.

Photo by Pace Gallery

Photo by Pace Gallery

“Pace has had the honor of championing James Turrell’s work for nearly 50 years. His formidable practice and tireless commitment to exploring technological possibilities combined with sensory dimensions remains one of the most compelling today. We are thrilled to open Pace’s first permanent site in the heart of Silicon Valley with one of our most beloved and original risk takers,” comments Elizabeth Sullivan, President of Pace Palo Alto, in a press release on the Pace Gallery website.

President of Pace Palo Alto, Elizabeth Sullivan, Kyung Turrell, and James Turrell. Photo by Pace Gallery

President of Pace Palo Alto, Elizabeth Sullivan, Kyung Turrell, and James Turrell. Photo by Pace Gallery

Turrell show runs May 3-July 30 at Pace Palo Alto

While the exhibit had its official opening on April 27, the first day to see the Turrell show is on Tuesday, May 3. Don’t miss this chance to see James Turrell’s moving and unforgettable art up close and so close to home.

Photo by Pace Gallery

Photo by Pace Gallery

 

 

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Victoria Thorp

Victoria Thorp

Victoria is the founder and editor of Palo Alto Pulse and has lived in Palo Alto since 2007. Victoria's diverse professional background includes working as the editor of GreatSchools.org , as a senior writer for KIPP and Teach for America, and as a radio producer for City Visions on KALW (91.7FM San Francisco). She is a graduate of Leadership Palo Alto and a member of the Palo Alto Partners in Education Advisory Board.

She has a BA in English from Tufts University and Masters in Education and Secondary Teaching Credential in English from UCLA.

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