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James Turrell’s popular skyroom reopens at MoMA PS1

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Howard Halle
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After a three-year refurbishment, James Turrell’s skyroom is reopening at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City on Sunday. Meeting, as it’s title, is inspired by the Quakers, and features a minimalistically furnished space exposed to the elements through a rectangular oculus that perfectly frames a section of the sky throughout the day. Benches allow visitors to sit and contemplate the view, which is sometimes interrupted by birds and aircraft passing overhead. Specially controlled colored lights come up as the sun sets. It’s a hugely popular installation, and has been sorely missed, but the upgrades—which include teak benches replacing the original plywood ones, LED lighting, and an improved hatch system that covers the room during bad weather—should make it worth the wait. 

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