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In 1977 the Light and Space artist Robert Irwin created a seminal, large-scale installation in connection with his retrospective at the Whitney held the same year. The piece, Scrim veil—Black rectangle—Natural light, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, was created specifically for the Whitney’s fourth floor gallery and expresses Irwin’s unique philosophical approach to art making. This summer, Irwin’s piece is once again on view for the first time in over thirty-six years.
During this special presentation, curatorial researcher Jane Panetta, who worked closely with Irwin and Whitney Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs Donna De Salvo, will share an insider’s perspective, shedding light on both the process of installing such an ambitious site-conditioned work, and on the meaning of Irwin’s work for the Whitney and its audiences at this current moment.
Insider Series members are invited to attend one of two sessions:
Option 1: August 14, 7–8 pm
Option 2: September 28, 5:30–6:30 pm