Skyspace Art Stars

Skyspace art stars fête James Turrell for UT installation

Skyspace art stars fête James Turrell for UT installation

Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Hiram Butler; Andrée Bober; James & Kyung Turrel
Hiram Butler, Andrée Bober, James Turrell, Kyung Turrell Photo by Sandy Carson
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Geoffrey & Simone Leavenworth; Bill Powers
Geoffrey Leavenworth, Simone Leavenworth, Bill Powers Photo by Sandy Carson
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Patricia Clubb; James Turrell; Douglas Dempster
Patricia Clubb, James Turrell, Douglas Dempster Photo by Sandy Carson
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Lynn Herbert; Andrée Bober; Anastasia Colombo
Lynn Herbert, Andrée Bober, Anastasia Colombo Photo by Sandy Carson
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Charles & Diane Ofner
Charles Ofner, Diane Ofner Photo by Sandy Carson
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Nisa Mason; Rod Caspers; Margaret Burke
Nisa Mason, Rod Caspers, Margaret Burke Photo by Sandy Carson
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell James Turrell; Kristin Ellington
James Turrell, Kristin Ellington Photo by Sandy Carson
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Carol & Rick Archer; Jessica Bedol
Carol Archer, Rick Archer, Jessica Bedol Photo by Sandy Carson
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Patricia Clubb; Bill & Mary Throop
Patricia Clubb, Bill Throop, Mary Throop Photo by Sandy Carson
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Joel Love; Amelia Ciskey; Jessica Bedol
Joel Love, Amelia Ciskey, Jessica Bedol Photo by Sandy Carson
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Jamie Berlant-Levine; Ingrid Spencer; Meredith Powell
Jamie Berlant-Levine, Ingrid Spencer, Meredith Powell Photo by Sandy Carson
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Andy Smith; Tom Dison
Andy Smith, Tom Dison Photo by Sandy Carson
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Kendall & Alec Robinson
Kendall Robinson, Alec Robinson Photo by Sandy Carson
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Natalie Bardagjy; Leslie Lyon-House; Misa Yamamoto
Natalie Bardagjy, Leslie Lyon-House, Misa Yamamoto Photo by Sandy Carson
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Norma Kinney; Rhonda Wheldon
Norma Kinney, Rhonda Wheldon Photo by Sandy Carson
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Hiram Butler; Andrée Bober; James & Kyung Turrel
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Geoffrey & Simone Leavenworth; Bill Powers
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Patricia Clubb; James Turrell; Douglas Dempster
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Lynn Herbert; Andrée Bober; Anastasia Colombo
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Charles & Diane Ofner
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Nisa Mason; Rod Caspers; Margaret Burke
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell James Turrell; Kristin Ellington
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Carol & Rick Archer; Jessica Bedol
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Patricia Clubb; Bill & Mary Throop
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Joel Love; Amelia Ciskey; Jessica Bedol
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Jamie Berlant-Levine; Ingrid Spencer; Meredith Powell
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Andy Smith; Tom Dison
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Kendall & Alec Robinson
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Natalie Bardagjy; Leslie Lyon-House; Misa Yamamoto
Private Reception Honoring James Turrell Norma Kinney; Rhonda Wheldon

James Turrell's Skyspace, The Color Inside, has found a happy home at UT's Student Activity Center (rumor has it that the limited-audience installation atop the building, which is free but often requires advance reservations, is booked through the end of the month), and much credit for bringing the piece to campus is due to Andrée Bober, the founding director of UT's Landmarks Program.

It's also due in part no doubt to the undeniable, unexpected experience of Turrell's work, kicked off in fine fashion by an October private reception for Turrell hosted by UT President Bill Powers. 

Attended by more than 200 guests, the event began with remarks and introductions, followed by tours of the new permanent Skyspace, a curvilinear installation equipped with LED lights that project color onto the ceiling and surround an opening in the roof at sunset and sunrise.

Guests included Kyung Turrell, Hiram Butler, Jonathan Bober, Kristin Ellington, Joel Love, Mark Rosen, Dancie Perugini WareJosh Pazda and Chris Goins.

Party-goers also enjoyed a performance of Lightscape, a new composition by Joel Love, a Butler School of Music graduate student, assistant instructor and award-winning composer. Love’s composition for string quartet was performed by Butler School of Music students Yunji LeeChloe ParkAndrew Haduong and Mic Vredenburgh.