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A recent acquisition for the museum\, Bill Viola’s Ascen sion (2000) debuts at the museum to coincide with Burst of Light: Caravaggio and His Legacy. Although separated by hundreds of years\, C aravaggio and Viola share the use of strong lighting effects to dramaticall y express spiritual subject matter. In Ascension\, viewed from und erwater\, a figure violently crashes into a still body of water and hovers in cruciform. Lit by horizontal beams of blue light\, the lifeless form slo wly rises to the surface before sinking out of view. Viola\, a pioneer in t he field of video art and a longstanding leader in contemporary art\, explo res the possibilities of the video medium as an avenue to self-knowledge. F ocusing on universal human experiences—birth\, death\, grief\, consciousnes s—Viola’s work is rooted in both Eastern and Western art as well as spiritu al traditions\, including Zen Buddhism\, Islamic Sufism\, and Christian mys ticism.

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