Penetrable // Jesús Rafael Soto // 1990 // Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros
Looking at the neon yellow tubes hanging from a metal crate outside LACMA, all I could think of is how I want to run my fingers through the noodles. Unlike most works of art in museums, you can touch this piece. In fact, walking in it is encouraged. Children freely roam through the work playing in the suspended squishy tubes. Adults leisurely walk through it experiencing the shifting light among the densely hung material. How nice for a work of art to be so inviting to adults and children alike. However, I was not ready for the title of this piece: “Penetrable.” We are penetrating the work of art.