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Leo Villareal: Early Light

Friday, February 28, 2020, 5:00 PM - 1:00 AM


Raised on both sides of the El Paso/Juárez border in the 1970s, artist Leo Villareal (b. 1967) is known internationally for activating spaces with LED light. Recently, he gained acclaim for large-scale, site-specific, public endeavors: In 2013 Villareal inaugurated The Bay Lights, a now-permanent artwork of 25,000 LEDs illuminating a light pattern along a nearly two-mile expanse of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and in 2008 he "lit" an underground walkway at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Villareal's first museum exhibition in his hometown examines his early work. Complementing his light "mural" Sky, 2010, installed in El Paso's federal courthouse, the exhibition features two large-scale sculptures on loan from the Collection of Jereann and Holland Chaney. Lightscape, 2002, is a ten-foot "screen" programmed to bathe surrounding space and people in a sequence of changing hues. Here Comes the Sun, 2004, is from Villareal's most-recognized series of wall-bound sculptures, taking the form of a spiral made of LEDs. On view through April 16.

Cost: Free admission

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510 N. Santa Fe St.
El Paso, TX 79901

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