The Gallery as Canvas

Related Exhibition Primary Matters

Tuesday, January 06, 2004, 11:00 a.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

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."


Tara McDowell, curatorial associate, painting and sculpture, SFMOMA