Walk-In Infinity Chamber

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Stanley Landsman (American, 1930–1984)
Walk-In Infinity Chamber, 1968
Wood, glass, lightbulbs, and electric circuitry
138 × 138 × 138 in. (350.52 × 350.52 × 350.52 cm)
Gift of the artist and Friends of Art M1974.117
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
Not Currently on View

Stanley Landsman created this installation for the landmark The Magic Theatre exhibition at Kansas City's Nelson-Atkins Gallery in 1968. From the exterior, the piece is rather plain. Upon entering, visitors discover a room lined with mirrors and lights that transport them into an illusionistic place of unending space. Landsman described the twelve-foot cubed sculpture: "It's a room you walk into, and it's like being with God. There's no space in there, yet there's the sensation of infinite space." Infinity rooms were very popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s when a number of artists, seeking a transcendental effect, produced such environments. Landsman's room consists of more than six thousand lights that reflect off a complicated series of mirrors, creating the impression of infinite space. During the 1970s, the Walk-In Infinity Chamber was one of the most popular pieces in the Milwaukee Art Museum. Thanks to the generous support of Friends of Art, who contributed to the purchase of the piece, the room was completely refurbished in 2007.

Publication History
Goldstein, Rosalie, ed. Guide to the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1986, p. 229, b/w illus. p. 229.
Exhibition History
Sensory Overload: Light, Motion, Sound and the Optical in Art Since 1945, Milwaukee Art Museum, January 24, 2008 - June 7, 2009.

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