Encountering Color: Sanford Wurmfeld E-Cyclorama II (and Other Paintings)

Explore visual perception and color theory

For more than fifty years, Wurmfeld has mined the vast possibilities of nonreferential color to trigger unique experiences in the viewer. Color as subject matter has always held Sanford Wurmfeld's attention, from his early works informed by the German-born artist and color theorist Josef Albers to Wurmfeld's 1969 installations crafted out of colored cast acrylic sheets that he described as "attempt[s] to deal with the issue of a specific architectural context."

Encountering Color: Sanford Wurmfeld's E-Cyclorama II (and Other Paintings) features an immersive, 360-degree installation investigating color and visual perception, along with a presentation of four large paintings created in 2002, a suite of 16 small acrylic paintings paired with poems by Gerald Jonas, and a selection of Wurmfeld's more recent paintings. E-Cyclorama II, a continuation of the artist's lifelong exploration of color, offers an interactive, chromatic experience on a monumental scale.


September 18 – December 18, 2019


Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Closed Sundays


Free and open to the public


Eskenazi Hall
735 W. New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202


Virtually visit the Berkshire, Reese, and Paul Galleries and experience Encountering Color using spherical 360-degree technology on your laptop or desktop computer.

Enter the VR experience


Bill Nager, Matthew D. Holbrook, and Carter-Lee ProBuild were crucial in organizing and realizing the exhibition and installation. 

In-kind support for the opening reception is provided by Sun King Brewery.


Public talk with Wurmfeld and opening reception

September 18, 2019

5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Sanford Wurmfeld examines his practice rooted in a singular exploration of color theory and his E-Cyclorama II interactive installation.

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