When: Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 2
Organized by the McNay’s René Paul Barilleaux in conjunction with San Antonio’s Tricentennial and the 50th anniversary of HemisFair ’68, “Immersed” places revered San Antonio artist Chris Sauter’s disorienting installation Pleasure Principle (a constructed and furnished living room outfitted with models of dopamine) alongside three other internationally known artists who create complex, environmental installations that completely envelop the viewer. Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, whose “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is on a blockbuster national tour, is beloved for mirrored rooms with LED lights hanging from the ceilings, which have become incredibly popular on social media. From the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Kusama’s Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity (2009) features a constellation of lights that brighten and fade. Viewers will be limited to one minute in the fully enclosed mirrored room, which creates the illusion of an infinite universe. Monsters materialize from shadows cast on walls in British artist Philip Worthington’s Shadow Monsters (2004), also from the Houston museum. While it may sound like child’s play, Worthington has added custom-designed, vision-recognition software, which improves viewers’ shadow gestures with sound and animation. Open and close your hands like a mouth and a wolf with razor-sharp teeth will appear and growl. Originally intended for HemisFair ’68, Andy Warhol’s film Sunset was commissioned by Houston art collectors John and Dominique de Menil for the Vatican’s pavilion at the World’s Fair, but when plans for the pavilion fell through, the work was left unfinished. Making its San Antonio debut, Warhol’s Sunset over the Pacific Ocean in California unfolds as a slow and colorful shift of atmospheric light at dusk. The deep voice of German singer Nico, who worked with the Velvet Underground, is heard reading poetry. Because of the nature of the installations, reservations are required.