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Buffalo Bayou Cistern is about to light up

Venezuelan artist's unique sound and light video installation opens Dec. 10

By Molly Glentzer 
Houston chronicle
November 1, 2016 

Get ready for an even more magical experience at the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, the
recently restored 1926 city reservoir that has become Houston's coolest underground
Starting December 10, the dark space will come alive for about six months with "Rain:
Magdalena Fernández at the Houston Cistern," a unique art installation by a well-known
Venezuelan artist.
The spectacle is presented by Buffalo􀀃 Bayou Partnership and the Museum of􀀃 Fine Arts,
Houston, which acquired􀀃 Fernández's installation for its􀀃 permanent collection four years ago.
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What the museum bought is the right to􀀃 project Fernández's "2iPM009," a one minute,
56-second abstract video-projection piece that evokes a rain-soaked night.
Fernández starts with a basic geometric image from the modern master Piet Mondrian's
1917 "Composition in Line," then multiplies it exponentially with a projection of light,
sound and movement. Her soundtrack is a meticulously edited acoustic montage featuring
members of the Slovenian choir Pertuum Jazzile, who snap their fingers, slap the palms of
their hands against their legs, and stamp their heels on wood to evoke both the drumming
and gentle patter of rain.

Photo: Jean C. Giallorenzo, M. Fernández

The museum recently showed "2iPM009" along four walls of a specially-built video
gallery. Projected across the 87,500-square foot cistern, which has a watery, reflective floor
and more than 200 slender, 25-foot high concrete columns in its center, the experience will
be something completely different, with an awesome echo.
"Rain" will be open to the public Wednesdays-Fridays, 3:30-7 p.m. and Saturdays-
Sundays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Dec. 10-June 4. Admission will be $8-$10, free on Thursdays.

Timed admission tickets are on sale now at

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