Primary Research Lab, Minimalist Labs and Field Research

Sat, Jun 25, 2016 through Tue, Aug 30, 2016

Primary Research Lab is an exhibition project that incorporates talks, tours, research facilities, performances, films and events to frame situations for actively viewing the collection of Minimalist and Post-Minimalist art at Western Washington University. This nationally recognized collection was assembled largely through the visionary philanthropy of Virginia and Bagley Wright, who realized the import of bringing great examples of major artists work to Washington for study and enjoyment.Taking half of its title from the seminal Minimalist exhibition, Primary Structures, this project enlists this term to both reference the shared style of these works and a research oriented exhibition where you will encounter examples of Minimalist art first hand, experiencing them in the round. Minimalist art insisted on positioning itself physically in front of the viewer. The impact of this art came from artists anticipating the physical engagement of the viewer in relation to the artwork, formalizing an encounter in space. This physicality was specifically important to how their art was experienced by the viewer in relation to their own body, to their own being and experience. Organized to run through the summer months, it provides a platform to interact with these amazing, large scale works in the open air. The exhibition will also include a research center with documents, interviews, print material and other ephemera to provide exposure to these artists’ thoughts, discussions of their project and the physical forces that went into their constructions. Weekly tours, reading groups, and talks will be scheduled for this space to create a dynamic environment to engage with this survey.

Exhibition Events

Two elderly people look downward as they walk below an arch of the Stadium Piece outdoor sculpture. The arch follows the same stair shape as the stairs above.
Sun, Jul 3, 2016 - Sun, Jul 3, 2016
several portals in a masonry wall aligned so you can see through them to the other side
Sun, Jul 10, 2016 - Sun, Jul 10, 2016
monumental sculpture in the form of two broad staircases of concrete on a green lawn
Sun, Jul 17, 2016 - Sun, Jul 17, 2016
a person on the ground arching their back in excercise or self-inflicted discomfort or both
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 - Sun, Jul 24, 2016
a sculpture of poles, bended rails, cushiony chunks as if a home gym got twisted by a gentle hurricane
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 - Sun, Aug 7, 2016
hexagonal extrusions connected along the long axis to form a couple of benches. They're made of mushrooms.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 - Sun, Aug 14, 2016
a large square of round stones in a grassy lacuna emits clouds of steam
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 - Sat, Aug 27, 2016
A playful image of a figure floating above a photo of the Noguchi Sky Viewing sculpture. The floating figure is green with an elephant head and humanoid arms and long legs. It wears a red tophat, red shirt, and black pants with black suspenders.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 - Sun, Aug 28, 2016

Events and exhibitions are free and open to the public unless stated otherwise. Visitor information