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James Turrell, Meeting, 1980, at MoMA PS1 in New York. Photo: Gothamist.

MoMA PS1 Closes James Turrell’s Skyspace Installation

James Turrell’s Meeting, 1980—the permanent, site-specific installation at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York—has been temporarily closed and will most likely not be reopened until the summer. 

The museum shuttered the installation on Friday, after the construction of two luxury apartment buildings—called the 5Pointz development—near the institution at 22–44 Jackson Avenue began to disturb the view of the infinite blue sky for which the work is beloved.

“After further conversation with James Turrell, we have closed Meeting at the artist’s request and it will remain closed until the temporary construction scaffolding is no longer visible from the work,” PS1 told Gothamist.

Jerry Wolkoff, the real estate developer responsible for the 5Pointz towers, told the New York Times that construction will be ongoing, but that the hoist structure visible in photos of the compromised artwork should be taken down by May.

Wolkoff previously came under fire for painting over the work of twenty-one graffiti artists on the now-demolished building that used to sit on the property. A judge later fined the developer $6.7 million for erasing their art, which made the site a popular destination for cultural tourists.

Previously, Turrell had also asked for a similar installation, Tending Blue, 2003, at Dallas’s Nasher Sculpture Center to be closed when a condo tower interrupted its view in 2013.

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