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.
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.
“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.
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.