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Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light

What exactly does it mean to fully immerse oneself in art? In the most literal of terms, L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art invites us to dive right in and create some strokes of our own – swimming strokes to be precise. On view now through February 27th, Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space features five large-scale art installations for viewers to enter into, become a part of, and actively experience on an über sensorial level – the highlight of which is a real swimming pool installed in the museum. Exhibitions on pioneering light-and-space artists have been an ongoing theme for MOCA, but never before have Latin American artists been included in this dialogue. Senior Curator, Alma Ruiz, aims to illuminate the work of these lesser-known but pivotal international artists, broaden our understanding of 20th century art from a more global perspective, and expose us to art far beyond passive aesthetic observation.

“The idea of experiencing art with all our senses is really embodied in this particular installation,” Ruiz comments in reference to Cosmococa - Programa in Progress, CC4 Nocagions, which features a heated swimming pool, dramatic lighting, projections of John Cage’s cocaine covered book, and his music in the background. Created by the late Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica and filmmaker Neville D’Almeida, museum-goers are encouraged to don their swimming trucks, experience the sensorial effects of water, and thus, become part of the artwork itself. 
Photo by Iwan Baan

To see images of the project, please visit the slideshow.

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