Immersive runs through Sunday, June 5 in the Anna K. Meredith and Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey Gallery. This multi-part experiential exhibition invites visitors to be literally immersed in artworks from the permanent collection and beyond. Instead of moving through traditional gallery spaces, one will follow a path from darkened space to darkened space, each filled with light, color, and sound.

One space will feature Bill Viola’s Ascension, in which hypnotic blue light and underwater sounds enhance a film both pensive and hopeful. Another will contain Ran Hwang’s Garden of Water. In this playful and sparkling installation, light reflects of thousands of crystal sewing pins as video-projected rain showers and spider webs fall around the space. A third space will feature an installation by Kansas City-based guest artist Matthew Willie Garcia, whose combinations of three-dimensional prints on paper and video projections deal with transcendence and alternate realities. In the Bookey Gallery, Des Moines-based multimedia artist Oyoram will install a room of LED monitors that will transport the viewer into a surprising, ground-shifting experience. Immersive presents art that provokes emotion and imagination as well as the eyes and ears and provides a place to step fully into the art itself.

This exhibition is organized by Curatorial Manager Laura Burkhalter. Support for this exhibition is provided by: Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey Moving-Image and Time-Based Art Fund; The Buberl-Knautz Family; Toni and Tim Urban International Artist-in-Residence Fund; Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

Video by Applied Art & Technology