Skyspace Lecture: “Jim Turrell, Me, and the Aerial View”

Turrell and Burko about to look for craters in Arizona; 1970s.

YOU ARE INVITED! Please join us to hear Diane Burko speak at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, February 6 at 20 E. Mermaid Lane. Our annual mid-winter lecture is titled “Jim Turrell, Me and the Aerial View.” The event is free but donations will be gratefully accepted at the door. Invite a friend!

Diane Burko's book cover

The cover of Diane Burko’s book about her work.
Click the image to visit the book’s website.

In the 1970s, renowned Philadelphia environmental artist Diane Burko flew around Arizona with James Turrell as he was scouting land for his monumental Rodin Crater installation. The aerial views inspired Burko’s own work which has concentrated on seeing, painting and photographing the earth’s changing climate from above.

Burko collaborates with scientists, using their data and bearing witness by traveling to the world’s largest ice fields in Greenland, Antarctica, Patagonia and Alaska as well as exploring melting glaciers in New Zealand’s southern alps. Many of her canvases are aerial views, a perspective she first discovered flying with Skyspace creator James Turrell.

Burko’s depictions of glaciers and other land masses form the core of her work, which has been exhibited in over 100 painting and photography shows throughout the country. Most recently she was studying underwater reefs in Hawaii when she experienced the false nuclear missile warning! Through slides of her adventures and her paintings, she will talk about her work, her passion for art and for the environment. She will also sell and sign copies of her recent book, Glacial Shifts, Changing Perspectives — Bearing Witness to Climate Change.

You don’t need to register in advance to attend. Donations will be gladly accepted at the door to help maintain the Skyspace.

How the Guggenheim Built the Cone Structure for James Turrell’s Aten Reign


Check out the video on featuring Turrell’s Aten Reign:

Nine Turrell pieces to be featured at Mass MoCA

“Lifting the veil on Mass MoCA’s expansion” by Malcolm Gay

Read this interesting Boston Globe article on Building 6 at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, which will house nine pieces by Turrell.

The whole room, [Joseph C. Thompson] explained, should feel “like the inside of a cloud — nothing but light. There’s an immense amount of work that goes into making it look like nothing’s there.”



2017 Turrell Skyspace Openings Begin Sunday, March 12

The first Skyspace opening of our new season is a dawn opening at the luxuriously late start time of 6:26am on Sunday, March 12! That’s 50 minutes before sunrise (at 7:16am). If you’ve never been to a dawn Skyspace opening, you owe yourself this treat to start your Sunday sublimely. But if you oversleep you have another chance Sunday evening, when the Skyspace opening starts at 7:04pm (and runs for 50 minutes). Please register for either of these, or for any future openings, on our Brown Paper Tickets page; click Register for the drop-down list of dates and times, now complete through spring and summer.

Special Dawn Opening on Easter Sunday (April 16)

Our pattern for dawn openings is usually First Sundays, 50 minutes before dawn. We’re breaking that pattern in April for a dawn opening at 5:32am on the Second Sunday because it’s Easter Sunday. As always, register on our Brown Paper Tickets page to let us know you’re coming. The other openings in April follow the normal pattern (First Friday evening; every Sunday evening).

And of course we always remind you that whether we open the roof or not depends on the weather, specifically precipitation and temperature. Any likelihood of precipitation greater than 10% or an outdoor temperature below 40ºF means that we run James Turrell’s beautiful “closed loop” instead.

We look forward to seeing you at Skyspace openings this spring and summer. And please, forward this message to a friend who has never experienced our Skyspace!

The Chestnut Hill Skyspace Committee

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Located between Mt. Airy & Chestnut Hill in Northwest Philadelphia, the Skyspace at the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting offers visitors from all walks of life a place of peace.

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