Take your time: Olafur Eliasson

Begin Date2008-11-09
End Date2009-03-15
CuratorsMaria de Corral
Last Harvested At2019-01-12
Credit LineTake your time: Olafur Eliasson is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and curated by Madeleine Grynsztejn, who is also the editor of the exhibition catalog. Lead support was provided by Helen and Charles Schwab and the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund. Generous support was provided by the Bernard Osher Foundation, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and SFMOMA's Collectors Forum. Additional support was provided by Patricia and William Wilson III, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The presentation in Dallas is made possible by Museum Tower and by the Contemporary Art Fund through a bequest from the estate of Brooke Aldridge in honor of Cindy and Howard Rachofsky and through the gifts of an anonymous donor, Arlene and John Dayton, Laura and Walter Elcock, Amy and Vernon Faulconer, Kenny Goss and George Michael, Nancy and Tim Hanley, Marguerite S. Hoffman, Suzanne and Patrick McGee, Allen and Kelli Questrom, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Deedie and Rusty Rose, Gayle and Paul Stoffel, and Sharon and Michael Young. Generous support provided by the Donor Circle membership program through leadership gifts of Gail and Dan W. Cook III, Claire Dewar, Fanchon and Howard Hallam, Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger, Allen and Kelli Questrom, and Cindy and Howard Rachofsky. Air transportation provided by American Airlines. Hotel accommodations for the exhibition provided by Sheraton Dallas. Promotional support provided by WRR Classical 101.1 FM. The exhibition was accompanied by a brochure.
LocationBarrel Vault, and Hanley, Lamont, Rachofsky, Stoffel, and Hoffman Galleries
OrganizerSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art
DescriptionThe Dallas Museum of Art presents this fall the internationally acclaimed exhibition Take your time: Olafur Eliasson. This exhibition gathers works from major public and private collections worldwide and spans Eliasson's diverse range of artistic production form 1993 to present, including installations, large-scale immersive environments, freestanding sculpture and photography. The Dallas presentation of this exhibition, the third U.S. venue of an international tour that "Time" magazine named one of the best exhibits of the year, will display several of the works previously shown in San Francisco, where the show originated, and New York and will add a new piece to the touring exhibition, "The outside of inside" (2008), that has yet to be seen in the U.S. The Dallas debut of "The outside of inside" (2008) expands Eliasson's previous experiments with light and color as it explores the co-production of color and its spatial consequences. The projections, made by twenty-four spotlights with color filter foil project a looped sequence of changing geometric shapes, varying in color. In response, the visitors see afterimages overlapping with the colors projected onto the walls. Color generally being conceived as a product of the brain, rather than existing independently in the world, the sequence is thus co-produced by the visitors. Eliasson is among the most influential and widely acclaimed artists of his generation. From light-filled environments to walk-in kaleidoscopes, his uniquely participatory works offer alluring spaces that harness optical cognition and meteorological elements, examine the intersection of nature and science, and explore the boundary between the organic and artificial. Take you time: Olafur Eliasson is designed to encourage viewers to understand the range of this artist's methodology, with each gallery demonstrating one of five fundamental aspects of his practice: a distinctive use of mirrors to displace the viewer's perception of both object and self; and exploration of light and optical phenomena via immersive environments that rely upon the view for full effect; a deep attention to and manipulation of landscape referents; a disposition toward scientific methods and materials, including a willful exposure of the creative process; and, finally, photographic suites of the Icelandic landscape. Included in Take you time are approximately twenty of what are considered his most outstanding and mind-blowing works including "Beauty" (1993), a curtain of mist that, from specific locations, depending on the height and position of the view, make visible a rainbow; "Jokla series" (2004), a set of forty-eight chromogenic color prints; and "360º room for all colours" (2002), which makes spectators acutely award of vision's active role in Eliasson's artwork; "Moss wall: (1994), a solid wall of living Icelandic moss; and "One-way colour tunnel" (2007).