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Doug Wheeler: PSAD Synthetic Desert III, 1971 at The Guggenheim

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10128

Doug Wheeler-PSAD Synthetic Desert III, 1971

PSAD Synthetic Desert III belongs to a yet-to-be-realized series of installations conceived by Doug Wheeler during the late 1960s and ’70s. In each work, the architectural modification of an existing room allows the artist to achieve subtle manipulations of light, space, and sound. These changes create a “semi-anechoic chamber” designed to suppress all but the lowest levels of ambient sound. Secondarily, the room’s lighting and configuration induce an optical impression of infinite space. The Guggenheim installation, produced in close collaboration with the artist, will be the first time Synthetic Desert—or any work in this series—has ever been completed and shown. —Guggenheim


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