1. Whitney Stories: Donna De Salvo


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    In this Whitney Stories video, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs Donna De Salvo discusses how the curatorial process informed the building's architecture, from the height of its ceilings to the type of wood used in the gallery floors. She illuminates the thinking behind the inaugural exhibition, America Is Hard to See, which offers an unprecedented view of the Whitney's permanent collection, and notes a hope for the future: that artists will reinvent the building's aspirational spaces in the years to come.

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    • The Koons Effect: Standards of Taste


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      On the occasion of the Whitney’s exhibition Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, this symposium brought together artists, curators, and scholars to consider Koons’s significance in contemporary art and culture as well as his dialogue with certain narratives of Western art history. Moderated by Meredith Martin, Associate Professor of Art History, NYU/IFA, this session featured presentations by Donna De Salvo, the Whitney's Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs; Johanna Burton, Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement, New Museum; and Michael Lobel, Professor of Art History, SUNY Purchase.

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      • Robert Gober & Donna De Salvo


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        11/15/09 -- "Heat Waves in a Swamp" curator Robert Gober is a sculptor who has exhibited widely in both the U.S and abroad. In 2001 he was chosen to represent the United States in the 49th Venice Biennale. His other curatorial work includes "The Meat Wagon" at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas (2005), and "Anni Albers, Robert Beck, Cady Noland, Joan Semmel, and Nancy Shaver: Black and White Photographs 1975-77" at Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (1999). Donna De Salvo is chief curator and associate director of programs at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and former senior curator at Tate Modern. She is also a noted expert on the work of Andy Warhol and helped to establish the curatorial and archival programs for the Andy Warhol Museum, where she served as adjunct curator. (Run Time: 1 hour, 30 min.)

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        • Robert Irwin in Conversation with Donna De Salvo


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          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. Robert Irwin: 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 its reinstallation, Irwin considers the importance of his long-standing interest in creating site-conditioned projects. He speaks 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.

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