Fall 2017 Public Programs

Judd Foundation is pleased to announce Fall 2017 public programs in New York and Texas that explore aspects of Judd’s relationship with his contemporaries in New York from the 1960s through the 1980s. The talk series coincides with Yayoi Kusama, an exhibition of four paintings by the artist on the ground floor of 101 Spring Street on view through December.

All events are free and open to the public. Please note ticketing for each event.

Matthew Levy and David Novros
Monday, October 16
Open viewing of floor two beginning at 6:00pm
101 Spring Street, New York, NY

Matthew L. Levy, Assistant Professor of Art History at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, and artist David Novros will discuss Novros’ first mural using traditional fresco technique, No Title, 1970, located at 101 Spring Street. In 1970, Novros was commissioned by Donald Judd to create a permanent, site-specific work on the second floor of his New York home and studio. The work marked a turning point in Novros’ career, as he continued to make frescos through the 1980s. Levy and Novros will also discuss the Novros’ recent work as well as his experience living and working in downtown New York since the 1960s.

Jack Flam and Judith Stein
Monday, October 23
101 Spring Street, New York, NY

Jack Flam, President and CEO of the Dedalus Foundation, and Judith Stein, author of the cultural biography, Eye of the Sixties, Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art, will discuss Donald Judd and Yayoi Kusama within the context of the artists shown at Green Gallery between 1960 and 1965. Founded and operated by Richard Bellamy at 15 West 57th Street, the gallery was important for Judd, Kusama, and many of their contemporaries. While Bellamy exhibited work by both artists, Judd’s first introduction to the space was as an art critic, in which he reviewed shows in the space beginning in 1960.

Simeon Bankoff, Julie Finch, and Roberta Gratz, moderated by Robert Hammond
Artists Against the Expressway
Wednesday, October 25
101 Spring Street, New York, NY

The panel will discuss the impact of Artists Against the Expressway and community engagement in the fight against the Lower Manhattan Expressway in 1969. The history of New York preservation, activism, and the role of the artist and individuals within the constantly changing city will be addressed. Simeon Bankoff, the Executive Director of the Historic Districts Council, Julie Finch, former wife of Donald Judd and organizer of Artists Against the Expressway, and Roberta Gratz, urban theory critic and author, will be in conversation, moderated by Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Friends of the High Line and co-producer of the film Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.

Yayoi Kusama Film Screening
Friday, October 27
Crowley Theater, Marfa, TX 

Judd Foundation will screen three experimental films by Yayoi Kusama including: Self Obliteration (1967), Love in Festival (1968), and Flower Orgy (1968). The three films present footage of the artist’s ‘Happenings’ interspersed with still images of her paintings. By the late sixties, Kusamas practice shifted towards politically charged, psychedelic ‘Happenings.’ These performances, which involved the artist painting dots directly onto animals, people, and her environment, were motivated by the anti-War movement that became a hallmark of youth culture in the later 1960s.

Lynn Zelevansky
Monday, October 30
101 Spring Street, New York, NY

The lecture, led by curator Lynn Zelevansky, will discuss Yayoi Kusama’s years in New York and her relationship with Donald Judd, in addition to examining both artists’ early work in painting and subsequent shift to three-dimensions.

Susan Rosenberg
Monday, November 6
101 Spring Street, New York, NY

Susan Rosenberg, Consulting Historical Scholar at the Trisha Brown Dance Company, and author of Trisha Brown: Choreography as Visual Art (2017)will discuss the collaborations between Donald Judd and choreographer Trisha Brown on Son of Gone Fishin’ (1981) and Newark (Niweweorce) (1987). Judd contributed the visual presentation (sets and costumes) for Son of Gone Fishin’ and expanded his explorations of color, space, and architecture in Newark (Niweweorce), for which he also devised the sound score. Rosenberg will illuminate Brown and Judd’s working process and the impact these collaborations had on both artists subsequent work.