Go See: Olafur Eliasson at MoMA, New York, April 20- June 30

April 21st, 2008

Take Your Time at MoMA via NY Times

This weekend, the much- anticipated Olafur Eliasson exhibition, “Take Your Time,” opened in New York at both the Museum of Modern Art and its contemporary art outpost in Queens, P.S.1. The comprehensive survey of Eliasson’s work — his first retrospective in the United States– features sculpture, photographs, and installations described as “immersive environments.” The artist has also teamed up with the Public Art Fund to construct waterfalls that will be seen in the East River this summer.

Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson [MoMA]
Take Your Time at P.S.1 [P.S. 1]
Stand Still; A Spectacle Will Happen[NY Times]
Don’t Believe Your Eyes: Eliasson’s Illusion Act at MoMA, P.S.1 [Bloomberg]
In Brilliant Color [NY Sun]
Waterfalls as Art To Be Installed in East River[NY Sun]
Seeing Things[New Yorker]
Northern lights [Art in America]
MoMA and P.S.1 presents Take your time: Olafur Eliasson [Artipedia]
“Eliasson in the Hands of Viewers at MoMA”
[NY Sun]

The show features projections of light, mirrors, and elements such as water to create Eliasson’s installations. Another key element to the work, as the title of the exhibition alludes to, is time. At MoMA, rooms are set up so that the viewer experience changes as time passes.


360 Degree Room for All Colors at MoMA via Bloomberg

360˚ Room For All Colors via NY Times

Installation at P.S. 1 via New York Times

The 38 works in the exhibition include 14 which were shown at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco (where the show originated), and an additional 24, 6 of which were created specifically for this exhibition.

Installation view via amny

Eliasson was born in 1967 in Iceland. His work inspired by nature, and places the viewer’s experience at a premium, using lighting, water and other materials to create spaces and effects. Before this exhibition, he was perhaps best-known for bringing the illusion sun and fog to the Tate Modern in London.

Installation at PS 1

Color Spectrum Series via ArtDaily

Waterfall rendering via moderngirl