Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
C.A.V.U. is open during museum hours with no reservations required. During mid-day, the dome will be sealed and the space will be transformed into a tightly-controlled multisensory environment, with light projected across the cylindrical interior walls and domed ceiling, and sound altered by the contours of the architecture.
During limited days, at dusk, the oculus in the ceiling of C.A.V.U. will be open, framing the changing colors of the twilight while subtle interior lighting creates the illusion that the heavens are just beyond the viewer’s grasp.
Limited Friday and Sunday reservations for James Turrell: C.A.V.U. (Skyspace) at dusk are available on a rolling basis. Please note, C.A.V.U. is also open during museum hours with no reservations required. We are currently not offering dawn viewings.
There is a suggested donation of $10/visitor. Donations can be made HERE or in person.
Please arrive promptly by your reservation time, as entrance doors are locked and latecomers will not be able to enter the museum. After checking in and assembling as a group, visitors are escorted to the skyspace about 5 to 10 minutes before sunset and remain for a half hour or so of twilight. The work is optimally experienced when the sun is just below the horizon—in the liminal period between day and night, light and dark.
As viewers look up at the oculus in the structure’s roof, the sky’s colors are altered by the artist’s light program inside, dramatically revealing the relativity of color and perception. The appearance of the sky moves between infinite and flat, reminiscent of a continuously changing painting, or at times taking on the appearance of a solid disc—almost close enough to touch.
James Turrell: C.A.V.U. is made possible by the support of an anonymous donor.
Interior of James Turrell, C.A.V.U., 2021
© James Turrell
Photo by: Arthur Evans