Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959 – 1971, V: Liberating Artist and Exhibition: Dwan Gallery and the Reconceptualization of Site
Emily Taub Webb, professor of art history, Savannah College of Art and Design. Supporting her stable of artists and their often-experimental practices remained Virginia Dwan’s primary aim as director of her groundbreaking New York gallery. Along the way, the field-expanding work she promoted required new possibilities for exhibition, both inside and outside the gallery walls, which advanced notions of site and reimagined the function of the gallery itself. For the public symposium held on November 19, 2016, in conjunction with the exhibition Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959 – 1971 at the National Gallery of Art, Emily Taub Webb explores the contributions that Dwan Gallery made to site-oriented practices—including minimalism, conceptual art, and land art—through close analysis of several exhibitions held between 1967 and 1970.