Monday, May 19, 2014
Almost a decade after his death in 2005, contemporary artist Jesús Rafael Soto’s final and most ambitious installation was completed and displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Entitled Houston Penetrables, the installation is comprised of 24,000 plastic strands suspended from the ceiling, each individually tied and painted by hand.
Soto’s ongoing Penetrables series is meant to be immersive, which is to say that the viewer is invited to touch, handle, and wade through the installation. In addition to the immense site-specific work, the exhibition also features eight other works that exemplify various phases of Soto’s extensive career in the kinetic art movement.
In a particularly interesting twist, the MFAH is broadening the participatory nature of the installation by encouraging visitors to photograph their experiences within the Houston Penetrables installation. They even rolled out a custom hashtag to document and share the different images (#SotoSummer).
You can learn more about the installation and the process behind it on vimeo, though it’s well worth visiting in person. The Houston Penetrables exhibit will be open to the public from May 8th to September 1st. Check here for visitor information, including museum hours and details on other exhibitions.