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Museum-Based Senses-Stoking

See large-scale installations that are rife with light and emotion.

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    Museum-Based Senses-Stoking
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    Jesús Rafael Soto, Penétrable BBL bleu, 1969/re-­‐fabricated 1999, 143 4/5 x 157 1/2 x 551 1/5 in., Collection of Hélène Soto, Paris, © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris, photo by Iwan Baan

    Five massive installations, works that can be entered or seen from below or seen from the side or seen from all-around, are at the heart of Suprasensorial, the new Museum of Contemporary Art show that just debuted on Dec. 12. It will run through Sunday, Feb. 27.

    Oh, one of the installations will make your day much, much damper. Fyi.

    Also at the heart of Suprasensorial: A focus on contemporary ideas now and recently at work in the studios of Latin America, specifically the art of Carlos Cruz Diez, Lucio Fontana, Julio Le Parc, Jesús Rafael Soto, Hélio Oiticica, and Neville D'Almeida.

    "Immersive encounter" are keywords here, in case you're interested. Two of the most irresistible words an institution can put on a show's write-up, in our opinion; for one can always connect with art, with effort, but walking into a piece makes that connection nearly instant. There's even a swimming pool -- not your everyday swimming pool, of course -- inside MOCA's Geffen Contemporary.

    And you can go swimming. Oh yes you can. There's even "disposable swimwear" for sale in the museum store.

    Dear MOCA, and artists Hélio Oiticica, and Neville D'Almeida: You have officially stoked our whimsy. Thank you.  

    (Pictured: Jesús Rafael Soto, Penétrable BBL bleu, 1969/re-­‐fabricated 1999, 143 4/5 x 157 1/2 x 551 1/5 in., Collection of Hélène Soto, Paris, © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris, photo by Iwan Baan)