08/13/2010 06:50 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

BLOG WATCH > Tauba Auerbach at The Whitney Museum of American Art

For the second part of Whitney on Site: New Commissions Downtown, artist Tauba Auerbach transformed the corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets into a vast excavation site with her work, Quarry.

Whitney curators approached Auerbach because she has a history with the Museum (she was most recently featured in 2010, the Biennial) and because her practice was well-suited to the project. "One of the most unique characteristics of the site is the variety of ways in which you view it," curator Gary Carrion-Murayari explained. "Tauba's work depends on optical experience that shifts and changes as you move through a space which made it a perfect fit. She's very attentive to the viewer's angle, distance, and state of movement or rest when viewing an artwork."