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Robert Irwin, Untitled, 1969, in "Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface" at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, photo by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
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by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp

Arguably the most phenomenal moment of "Phenomenal," the exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, is produced by the artist least associated with what is known as the Light and Space movement of Southern California: Bruce Nauman’s 1965 Green Corridor. In an installation originally conceived for the building, a relatively slender person can scootch through a passage between a pair of free-standing white walls. The passage takes a few minutes, and upon emerging at the end of the corridor, your eyes are saturated with the prolonged effects of intense pea-green light.