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.

Tickets can be reserved here.

Matthew L. Levy is Assistant Professor of Art History at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College. His writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail and Journal of Contemporary Painting, as well as in exhibition catalogues for the National Gallery of Canada and Museum Wiesbaden. He is presently working on a book manuscript about the status of abstract painting within the discourses of Minimalism, with a particular focus on the work of Robert Mangold, David Novros, and Jo Baer. His essay, “Specific Painting: David Novros, Donald Judd, and 101 Spring Street,” was recently published in the anthology, In Terms of Painting, published by Revolver Publishing.

David Novros was born in 1941 in Los Angeles, CA, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California in 1963. His work was first exhibited in a two-person show with Mark di Suvero in 1965 at the Park Place Gallery in New York. Novros had his first one-person shows at Park Place Gallery and Dwan Gallery the following year. His work has been exhibited in prominent venues, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Dallas; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Bremen Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany. The artist currently lives and works in New York City.


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.

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Jack Flam is President and CEO of the Dedalus Foundation, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Dr. Flam is the author of numerous books, catalogues, and articles on various aspects of nineteenth and twentieth-century art, and on African art, and is most recently co-author of the catalogue raisonné of Robert Motherwell’s paintings and collages and of Robert Motherwell: 100 Years. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and is the series editor of The Documents of Twentieth Century Art, published by the University of California Press, as well as an advisory board member of Source: Notes in the History of Art. He has served on the board of directors of the United States section of the International Association of Art Critics and was for several years the art critic of the Wall Street Journal. His articles and reviews have appeared in numerous journals, including ApolloArt BulletinArtforumArt in AmericaArt JournalArtNewsAmerican HeritageConnaissance des ArtsConnoisseur, and The New York Review of Books.

Judith E. Stein, a writer and curator, is the author of Eye of the Sixties, Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2016). For the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts she organized Red Grooms, A RetrospectiveThe Figurative Fifties, New York School Figurative Expressionism, (with Paul Schimmel;) and I Tell My Heart: The Art of Horace Pippin, which traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her current exhibition for Peter Freeman, Inc., Deadeye Dick: Richard Bellamy and His Circle, runs through October 28, 2017.  Dr. Stein’s articles, interviews and reviews have appeared in Art in AmericaArt News, and The New York Times Book Review, as well as on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air and Morning Edition. Among her honors is a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant; a Pew Fellowship for literary non-fiction; and a Lannan Foundation writing residency in Marfa, Texas.


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.

Tickets can be reserved here.

Simeon Bankoff is the Executive Director of the Historic Districts Council, a position he has held since 2000. Mr. Bankoff has focused his entire professional career on historic preservation in New York, and is a renowned expert on the city’s built environment. His work encompasses land use, zoning, affordable housing, and adaptive reuse, and, as a result, is at the forefront of New York City’s historic preservation movement. Before joining the Historic Districts Council, Mr. Bankoff was senior staff at the Historic House Trust of New York City, where he coordinated programmatic oversight of more than 20 historic house museums throughout the five boroughs. He has also worked with the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation and the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center, where he helped initiate its acclaimed Cultural Medallions program. Mr. Bankoff has lectured for graduate and undergraduate classes at Columbia University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Hunter College, New York University, Pratt Institute, and Sarah Lawrence College. He has also participated in cultural exchange programs concerning urban preservation with groups from Europe and Asia, and wrote a featured column for The New York Times. He holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Pratt Institute. 

Julie M. Finch was co-founder and chair of Artists Against the Expressway with her husband Donald Judd in 1969. She was a choreographer/dancer and member of Community Board #2 for many years. Finch is now co-chair of Friends of Gibbons Underground Railroad site on 29th Street.

Roberta Brandes Gratz is an award-winning journalist and urban critic, lecturer and author. Her most recent book is We’re Still Here Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City. Earlier works were: The Battle For Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, the now classic The Living City: Thinking Small in a Big Way, and Cities Back from the Edge: New Life for Downtown. Ms. Gratz’ was a reporter for the old New York Post under Dorothy Schiff.  In 2003, Gratz was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission and in 2010 resigned from the commission and was then appointed by the mayor to serve on the Sustainability Advisory Board for PlaNYC. In 2005, Gratz founded the Center For the Living City to build on the legacy of Jane Jacobs. She is also Trustee of the New York State Preservation League; former Vice-President of the Salzburg Conference on Urban Planning and Development; founder and President Emeritus of the Eldridge Street Museum.

Robert Hammond is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line, a nonprofit conservancy that he co-founded with Joshua David in 1999 to support the annual operating budget to maintain, operate, and program the park. Before the High Line, Hammond supported the launch of online businesses in the public health and travel commerce industries, and worked as a consultant for an array of organizations, including the Times Square Alliance, and Alliance for the Arts. He has been awarded the Vincent Scully Prize (2013), the Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome (2010), the Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Medal, along with David (2010), and an honorary doctorate from The New School (2012). Hammond is also a self-taught artist and served as an ex-officio member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees. Hammond is a co-producer of the film Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, which chronicles a clash between mid-20th-century urban planning methods, and chronicles how they relate to today’s urban renaissance. Hammond is a graduate of Princeton University.


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.

Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


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.

Tickets can be reserved here.

Lynn Zelevansky served as the Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) from 2009-2017. There, she co-curated Hélio Oiticica: To organize Delirium (2016-17) and Paul Thek: Diver (2010-11), instituted a variety of new participatory and experimental programs, and oversaw the successful 2013 Carnegie International. Previously, she was the Terri and Michael Smooke curator and department head, contemporary art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Among the many exhibitions she organized there were Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama, 1958-68(1998) and Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form, 1940s-70s. Prior to arriving in Los Angeles in 1995, Zelevansky was a curatorial assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York where she organized Projects shows for artists such as Gabriel Orozco (1993) and Cildo Meireles (1990), and curated Sense and Sensibility: Women Artists and Minimalism in the Nineties (1994).  Zelevansky has published widely on modern and contemporary art. She holds a BFA from Pratt Institute, and an MA from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.


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.

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Susan Rosenberg, Consulting Historical Scholar at the Trisha Brown Dance Company, directs the M.A. Program in Museum Administration at St. John’s University, New York, where she is also Associate Professor of Art History. A former curator of modern and contemporary art (Philadelphia Museum of Art; Seattle Art Museum), she has published widely on Trisha Brown in international museum catalogs and academic journals. Her book Trisha Brown: Choreography as Visual Art appeared from Wesleyan University Press in 2016.