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Lectures, Talks, Readings

Robert Irwin in Conversation with Donna De Salvo

Thurs, July 25, 2013  6:30 PM

A central figure in the California Light and Space movement, Robert Irwin (b. 1928) has been creating installations and works of art for over six decades that challenge viewers’ perceptions of the world around them. Irwin’s “site-conditioned” projects take their cues from, and are dependent on, their surroundings, resulting in unexpected visual and aesthetic outcomes. Scrim veil—Black rectangle—Natural light, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1977), made specifically for the Whitney’s fourth floor gallery, is a work that Irwin has described as setting the course for his subsequent career. On the occasion of the reinstallation of this formative work, Irwin will consider the importance of his long-standing interest in creating site-conditioned projects. He will speak about this seminal example and its significance for his larger career in conversation with Donna De Salvo, the Whitney’s Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs.

Limited tickets are available for purchase at the Museum: $8 general admission; $6 senior citizens and students. 

This program is free for members but advance registration is required by emailing memberinfo@whitney.org with your name and membership number. 

Robert Irwin (b. 1928), Scrim veil—Black rectangle—Natural light, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1977. Cloth, metal, and wood, 144 × 1368 × 49 in. (365.8 × 3474.7 × 124.5 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of the artist 77.45. © Robert Irwin. Photograph © Warren Silverman, 1977

Robert Irwin (b. 1928), Scrim veil—Black rectangle—Natural light, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1977. Cloth, metal, and wood, 144 × 1368 × 49 in. (365.8 × 3474.7 × 124.5 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of the artist 77.45. © Robert Irwin. Photograph © Warren Silverman, 1977