Sunday, May 18, 2008

No Some Time for You (but later)

We were all ready to bemoan the fact that the striking exhibition of the work of Olafur Eliasson, Take Your Time, had time for everywhere but Chicago, making stops at both SFMoma, and, currently, at New York MOMA's P.S.1 outpost in Queens, where it runs through June 30th.

A recent Chicago Tribune interview with new Museum of Contemporary Art Director Madeleine Grynsztejn , however, revealed that the Eliasson show will, in fact, be making a Chicago stop at MCA, sometime next spring. Using light, color, water, ice, moss and mirrors (no smoke, as best as I can tell), Eliasson creates indoor environments that are, by most descriptions, both disorientating and hypnotic. I'll looking forward to seeing how his rooms bend and define our concepts of space.

This summer, from mid June through mid October, Eliasson's The New York City Waterfalls will cycle water from the East River and cascade it down from heights up to 120 feet at locations along both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges No fish will be harmed in this project, we are promised, and the electricity required to run the thing and power the LED's that will light up the wateralls after dark will all be generated from renewable resources. Circle Line boat tours will let people get a close-up view, provision of rain gear still be determined.

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