Robert Irwin: Site Determined

Robert Irwin, Two Running Violet V Forms, 1982; Ink and Pencil; 24 x 46 in; Stuart
Collection Records, Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego; Photographer:
Philipp Scholz Rittermann; © 2018 Robert Irwin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

For the first time on the East Coast, an exhibition featuring 40 years’ worth of the prolific artist’s drawings and architectural models will be on view at Pratt Institute

A panel discussion and exhibition free and open to the public 

WHAT: Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture presents the final installment of Robert Irwin: Site Determined, an exhibition dedicated to the creative process of one of the most significant American artists of the postwar generation. The visitor is invited to explore four decades of Irwin’s outdoor environmental projects through rarely exhibited drawings and architectural models. Site-determined art, Irwin has explained, “draws all of its cues (reasons for being) from its surroundings.” This exhibition promises insights into Irwin’s working process as he developed aesthetic responses to such cues, including his Window WallCentral Garden, and his most recent site-determined work, Untitled (dawn to dusk).

The exhibition begins September 6 with opening remarks by curator Matthew Simms, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Professor of Undergraduate Architecture Sanford Kwinter. Following the discussion will be an opening reception. Participants include:

  • Lynne Cooke, National Gallery
  • Agnieszka Kurant, artist
  • Ann Reynolds, professor, University of Texas at Austin
  • Frida Escobedo, artist and architect

Robert Irwin: Site Determined was organized by the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), and curated by Matthew Simms, Professor of Art History, CSULB.

WHEN:             Panel discussion: Thursday, September 6, 6PM

                        Opening reception: 8PM

                        Exhibition dates: September 6–November 28, 2018

                        Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10AM-5PM; Saturday-Sunday, 12PM-5PM

WHERE:          Panel discussion: Higgins Hall Auditorium, 61 St. James Place at Lafayette Ave.

                       Exhibition: Hazel and Robert H. Siegel Gallery, Higgins Hall

ADMISSION:    Free and open to the public

About Pratt Institute: Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education dedicated to preparing its 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in art, design, architecture, information, and liberal arts and sciences. Located in a cultural hub with historic campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Pratt is a living lab of craft and creativity with an esteemed faculty of accomplished professionals and scholars who challenge their talented students to transform their passion into meaningful expression.