Irwin discusses his career in light with the museum's chief curator
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.