In the late 1960s, artists Robert Irwin, James Turrell, and Doug Wheeler began adapting psychological experiments in perception to their own artistic purposes. In doing so, they were drawing from an artistic tradition of exploring and exploiting human perception while at the same time opening up a fruitful exchange between avant-garde art and contemporary cognitive science. This lecture explores how their experimentations have shifted understanding of what constitutes a work of art and, in particular, our own roles in shaping that work.
Dawna Schuld is an assistant professor of art history at Indiana University in Bloomington. To learn more about Dawna follow this link: http://www.indiana.edu/~arthist/faculty/schuld.shtml