Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Doug Wheeler: PSAD Synthetic Desert III, 1971
March 24 - July 5
PSAD Synthetic Desert III belongs to a yet-to-be-realized series of installations conceived by Doug Wheeler during the late 1960s and 1970s. The Guggenheim installation marks the first time one of these works has been completed and shown.
The work subtly manipulates the effects of light, space, and sound, creating an environment which explores our awareness of the optical and acoustical properties of space in the natural world. Inspired in part by Wheeler's own experience of the Arizona desert, the work forms a "semi-anechoic chamber" that suppresses all but the lowest levels of ambient sound, recalling landscapes where near-complete silence affects the visual sensation of distance.
Read more: The New York Times in conversation with Doug Wheeler and the show's organizers, Jeffrey Weiss, senior curator at the Guggenheim, and Francesca Esmay, conservator of the Panza Collection.