In the 1960s, the gallery space came to function as a kind of canvas for artists engaged with Minimalism. By creating artworks in the gallery (or in the natural landscape or city street) rather than in the studio, these artists set the stage for site-specific work and installation. McDowell discusses this work as an early form of institutional critique that often exposed the ideological assumptions of the "white cube."
The Gallery as Canvas
Related Exhibition Primary Matters
Tuesday, January 06, 2004, 11:00 a.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Tara McDowell, curatorial associate, painting and sculpture, SFMOMA