New York exhibitions. 80’s Art Boom. Who is Jack Goldstein at the Jewish Museum

New York exhibitions. 80’s Art Boom. Who is Jack Goldstein at the Jewish Museum
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New York exhibitions. 80’s Art Boom. Who Is Jack Goldstein? Symposium Featuring Robert Longo, Morgan Fisher and Other Noted Artists at The Jewish Museum September 22, 2013. If you have the chance, don’t miss it, Yareah friends!


Jack Goldstein, The Jump, 1978, 16mm color silent film, 26 sec., ultraviolet light. Courtesy of Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne, and the Estate of Jack Goldstein. © Estate of Jack Goldstein.

The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York City.

The Jewish Museum presents Who is Jack Goldstein?, a symposium featuring Robert Longo, Morgan Fisher and other notable artists, on Sunday, September 22 from 12:30 to 4:30 pm. Panel discussions examine the circumstances of the art world during the 70s and 80s along with the impact of the Pictures Generation on artists today. This extended day of discussion brings together artists who emerged alongside Jack Goldstein in the 1970s; and focuses on the 1977 Pictures exhibition curated by Douglas Crimp and on John Baldessari’s influential post-studio classes at the California Institute of the Arts, where Goldstein received his MFA. Artist/filmmaker Morgan Fisher presents the keynote lecture, and panelists include Robert Longo, Matt Mullican, Troy Brauntuch, Kathryn Andrews and Paul Pfeiffer. Julia Robinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, New York University, moderates the discussions. This program is the final event of the series, The What, Where, How and Who of Jack Goldstein, developed in conjunction with the exhibition, Jack Goldstein × 10,000, on view through September 29, 2013.

Tickets for the September 22 symposium are $12 adults; $8 students/seniors; and $5 staff of other museums and Jewish Museum members. Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served.


James Welling, Jack Goldstein, the Pacific Building, February 27, 1977, 2012, inkjet print. Courtesy the artist and Regen Projects.


12:30pm: Welcome by Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Public Programs, The Jewish Museum

12:45pm: Morgan Fisher – keynote presentation

1:30pm: Panel 1 – Troy Brauntuch, Robert Longo, and Matt Mullican

This session includes brief presentations by each artist followed by a discussion focusing on CalArts; the movement of artists between Los Angeles and New York; the art world during the 1970s and 1980s; and the panelists’ recollections of Goldstein.

2:45pm: Break – coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served

3:15pm: Panel 2 – Kathryn Andrews and Paul Pfeiffer

These younger artists will consider the legacy of the Pictures Generation. Representing Los Angeles and New York respectively, they will speak about their own studio practices and selected projects that share similarities to Goldstein’s work, and will also share their impressions of Jack Goldstein × 10,000.

Morgan Fisher’s work has been exhibited internationally, including recent solo exhibitions at the Generali Foundation, Vienna; Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; Raven Row, London; and Portikus, Frankfurt. A retrospective of Fisher’s films appeared at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in 2006. His work is included in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Robert Longo was among the artists included in the 1977 Pictures exhibition. He has received retrospective exhibitions at the Hamburger Kunstverein and Deichtorhallen; the Menil Collection, Houston; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut; and the Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo. Longo’s work is in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; The Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Gallery, and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among others.

Matt Mullican has created a complex body of work that deals with systems of knowledge, meaning and language through drawing, collage, video, sculpture, performance and installation. He has had solo exhibitions at the Haus der Kunst, Munich; the Drawing Center, New York; and the Ludwig Museum, Cologne.

Troy Brauntuch showed in the 1977 Pictures exhibition and also participated in the 2006 Whitney Biennial. His work is included in numerous private and public collections including The Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Kathryn Andrews has exhibited at David Kordansky Gallery, L.A.; Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin; Rivington Arms, New York, The Rubell Family Collection, Miami; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; and the Greater L.A. Show, New York. Her practice incorporates installation, sculpture and found materials, raising questions of positioning and materiality.

Paul Pfeiffer’s work in video, sculpture and photography uses recent computer technologies to dissect the role that mass media plays in shaping consciousness. He was the inaugural recipient of the Bucksbaum Award, given by the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2000, and has received solo exhibitions at the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Barbican Arts Centre, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin.

Jack Goldstein × 10,000 is the first American museum retrospective devoted to the work of Canadian-born artist Jack Goldstein (1945-2003). This comprehensive exhibition brings to light Goldstein’s important legacy, revealing his central position in the Pictures Generation of artists of the 1970s and 80s. The impressive range of the artist’s imagination is being explored through Goldstein’s influential films and paintings as well as his pioneering sound recordings, installations, and writings. Ten years after his untimely death in 2003, Goldstein’s work is exerting fresh influence, especially among younger artists. With Jack Goldstein × 10,000, The Jewish Museum provides audiences an in-depth understanding of an extraordinary art innovator.

About Jack Goldstein: 

Born to a Jewish family in Montreal in 1945, Jack Goldstein moved to Los Angeles as a child. A member of the first graduating class of the California Institute of Arts (CalArts), Goldstein emerged as a key figure in the Pictures Generation and as a peer of such celebrated figures as Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo, Sherrie Levine, and James Welling, among others, participated in a fundamental shift in American art during the late 1970s.

Jack Goldstein × 10,000 was organized by the Orange County Museum of Art, where it was presented in 2012. The Jewish Museum in New York is the only other venue for the show, which includes nearly 40 works of art, along with rare writings providing a context for the reappraisal of Goldstein’s contributions.

About The Jewish Museum

Widely admired for its exhibitions and collections that inspire people of all backgrounds, The Jewish Museum is one of the world’s preeminent institutions devoted to exploring art and Jewish culture from ancient to contemporary. Located at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, The Jewish Museum organizes a diverse schedule of internationally acclaimed and award-winning temporary exhibitions as well as dynamic and engaging programs for families, adults, and school groups. The Museum was established in 1904, when Judge Mayer Sulzberger donated 26 ceremonial art objects to The Jewish Theological Seminary of America as the core of a museum collection. Today, the Museum maintains a collection of 25,000 objects – paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, archaeological artifacts, ritual objects, and broadcast media.

The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York City. Museum hours are Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, 11am to 5:45pm; Thursday, 11am to 8pm; and Friday, 11am to 4pm. Effective September 15, Museum admission is $15.00 for adults, $12.00 for senior citizens, $7.50 for students, free for visitors 18 and under and Jewish Museum members. Admission is Pay What You Wish on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm and free on Saturdays. For information on The Jewish Museum, the public may call 212.423.3200 or visit the website at

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