A signature work by Venezuelan artist Jesus Rafael Soto features a floating sea of plastic strands suspended from
the ceiling that invite viewer immersion and participation.
Soto (1923–2005) was a landmark figure in Latin American
art and a key driver of the Kinetic art movement that emerged in Paris in the 1950s. The "Houston Penetrable" is the only one in Soto’s signature series that the artist designed as permanent, and one of the few that he created as an indoor piece.
An accompanying exhibition of Soto’s work is on view in the north foyer of the Museum’s Caroline Wiess Law Building. Eight exemplary pieces from the various phases and series of Soto’s career--including his Plexiglas boxes and selections from his "Agujas (Needles), Ambivalencia" (Ambivalences) and Vibraciones (Vibrations)" series--emphasize the artist’s specific contributions to Kinetic art, allowing Museum visitors to understand the totality and complexity of ideas expressed by "Houston Penetrable."
May 8-September 1