Final months to see Soto’s Penetrable at Olana

August 31, 2018 to November 25, 2018

Large yellow interactive sculpture sits on the grass with a historic house in the background

As mentioned in a recent New York Times article,  Jesús Soto’s iconic outdoor sculpture Penetrable is on view on the grounds of Olana State Historic Site, the historic home and studio of the Hudson School painter Frederic Edwin Church.
 
The grounds may be visited daily from 8am until sunset, and admission is free. Penetrable will be on view until November 25, 2018. Guided tours of the house are also available, with more information available on the visitor’s page of Olana’s website.
 
The Venezuelan Jesús Soto (1923–2005) was one of the most important Latin American artists of the twentieth century. Soto was a key figure in the development of Kinetic Art in Paris in the 1950s and 1960s, and in the Geometric Abstraction movement in Venezuela. The CPPC published the bilingual book Jesús Soto in conversation with/en conversación con Ariel Jiménez in 2011, a compilation of nine years of interviews between the artist and art historian Ariel Jiménez.
 
After traveling throughout the Americas and a long-term loan to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that ended in 2017, Penetrable arrived to Olana as part of the exhibition Overlook (May 14–Nov 5, 2017), a collaboration between The Olana Partnership and the CPPC. This marked the first time that Soto’s immensely popular sculpture, with its easily identifiable yellow "noodles," has been experienced by the public in a naturalist setting, and is the first time it has been seen anywhere on the East Coast.
 
Art historian Luis Pérez Oramas has said of Penetrable: "As an optical work seen from a distance, the Penetrable functions as a kind of dematerialization machine, absorbing into the extraordinary transparency of its interior the bodies that penetrate it. As a tactile work experienced physically, the Penetrable functions in the manner of a coarse-textured, visual-saturation machine as viewers’ bodies penetrate its skein of plastic lines and become immersed in its opaque environment.” (The Geometry of Hope)
 
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