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"I was maybe 5 or 6, and my grandmother would begin sitting me in the Quaker meeting house. I asked my grandmother, ‘What am I supposed to do?’ and she said, ‘Just wait, we’re going inside to greet the light.’ I liked that—this idea to go inside to find that light within, literally as well as figuratively." —James Turrell in Art21’s Spirituality episode

Happy birthday today (May 6) to artist James Turrell.

Seen here is the artist’s work, The Light Inside (1999), commissioned by and installed at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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James Turrell in Spirituality: Preview | Full Segment [available in the U.S. only]
From the Art21 Exclusive series: James Turrell: “Second Meeting”

BOTTOM IMAGE: James Turrell sits in his installation, Second Meeting (1989), at the home of private collectors in Los Angeles, California, 2013. Production still from the Art21 Exclusive episode, James Turrell: “Second Meeting”. © Art21, Inc. 2013.

ADDITIONAL IMAGES: James Turrell, The Light Inside, 1999. Site-specific permanent installation at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Production stills from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 1 episode, Spirituality, 2001. Images © Art21, Inc. 2001. Artwork courtesy of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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