New York lectures at The Jewish Museum. Judy Chicago and Germano Celant

New York lectures at The Jewish Museum. Judy Chicago and Germano Celant
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New York lectures. Judy Chicago and Germano Celant headline program series accompanying OTHER PRIMARY STRUCTURES at The Jewish Museum.

The Jewish Museum is presenting a series of programs in conjunction with the exhibition, Other Primary Structures. Highlights include a lecture by renowned artist Judy Chicago, who was included in the Museum’s 1966 Primary Structures exhibition; and two panel discussions exploring exhibition themes that feature Jens Hoffmann, curator of Other Primary Structures and Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, The Jewish Museum.

Additional exhibition-related programs will be announced at a later date. For further information regarding these programs, the public may call 212.423.3200 or visit

New York lectures at The Jewish Museum. Judy Chicago and Germano Celant

Judy Chicago, Rainbow Pickett, 1965 (recreated 2004), latex paint on canvas-covered plywood, 10′-6″ x 10′-6″ x 9′-2″. Collection of Dr. David and Diane Waldman. © Judy Chicago. Photo © Donald Woodman.


This is How We Do It. Tuesday, April 1, 2:00 pm.

Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, will discuss Other Primary Structures as part of a series of conversations with Jewish Museum curators on the process of developing exhibitions.

Jens Hoffmann has long been interested in the history of exhibitions. He joined The Jewish Museum in a newly created position as Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Programs in November 2012. Formerly Director of the California College of the Arts (CCA) Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco from 2007 to 2012 and Director of Exhibitions/Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London from 2003 to 2007, Hoffmann has organized more than 50 shows internationally including major biennials, most recently the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011) and the 9th Shanghai Biennial (2012/13). In February 2014, Hoffmann’s book Show Time, the first to explore the recent history of exhibition making and shifts that have taken place in the practice of curating contemporary art over the last 25 years, will be published by Thames and Hudson, London and Distributed Art Publishers, New York.

Free with Museum Admission.

Defining Structures: History of Exhibitions. Tuesday, April 1, 6:30 pm.

A conversation exploring exhibition history through curatorial practice, featuring Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, and Germano Celant, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, moderated by Bruce Altshuler, Director, Program in Museum Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University.

Germano Celant is internationally acknowledged for his theories on Arte Povera. He is the author of more than one hundred publications, including both books and catalogues. He has curated hundreds of exhibitions in the most prominent international museums and institutions worldwide. Since 1977, he has been a contributing editor to Artforum and since 1991 he has been a contributing editor to Interview. His exhibitions for the Guggenheim Museum include Robert Mapplethorpe and the Classical Tradition, Brazil, Body & Soul, Claes Oldenburg: An Anthology, and The Italian Metamorphosis: 1943-1968. Celant recently curated When Attitudes Become Form: Bern 1969/Venice 2013 at the Fondazione Prada, which reconstructed the exhibition Live in Your Head. When Attitudes Become Form, curated by Harald Szeemann at the Bern Kunsthalle in 1969.

Bruce Altshuler is author of Biennials and Beyond: Exhibitions that Made Art History, 1962-2002 (2013), Salon to Biennial: Exhibitions that Made Art History, 1863-1959 (2008), The Avant-Garde in Exhibition: New Art in the 20th Century (1994/1998) and Isamu Noguchi (1994). He has published numerous essays on modern and contemporary art, including catalog essays for exhibitions organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Japan Society, Fundacion Juan March, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and Vitra Design Museum.

Tickets: Free – RSVP Recommended.

Defining Structures: Global Pop, Global Minimalism, Global Conceptualism. Thursday, April 10, 6:30 pm.

Jane Farver, independent curator; Jessica Morgan, The Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art, Tate Modern; and Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, discuss Pop, Minimalism, and Conceptual Art from a global perspective.

Jane Farver was consulting director to U.S. Biennials, Inc. in 2012, and was the commissioner for the 2011 Incheon Women Artist’s Biennale in South Korea. She has served director of the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts; director of exhibitions at the Queens Museum of Art, New York; director of the Lehman College Art Gallery, City University of New York, Bronx, New York; and assistant director/curator of the Alternative Museum, New York. She was one of six guest curators for the 2000 Whitney Biennial, and was co-commissioner for the United States entry, Paul Pfeiffer, for the 2003 Cairo Biennale, which traveled to Athens for the 2004 Olympic Games.

Jessica Morgan was named as The Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art at Tate Modern in 2010. Since joining Tate in 2002, Morgan curated numerous group and solo exhibitions including Gabriel Orozco (2011), John Baldessari (2009), The World as a Stage (2007), Martin Kippenberger (2006), Time Zones (2004) and Common Wealth (2003). She has published and lectured extensively on contemporary art and is a regular contributor to art journals including Parkett and Artforum.

Tickets: Free with Pay What You Wish admission – RSVP Recommended.

Lecture: Judy Chicago. The Mildred and George Weissman Program. Thursday, April 24, 6:30 pm.

Influential feminist artist, author, and educator Judy Chicago, whose work Rainbow Pickett was featured in the Museum’s seminal Primary Structures exhibition in 1966, reflects back on her life and lengthy artistic career.

Judy Chicago is an artist, author, feminist, educator, and intellectual whose career now spans five decades. Her influence both within and beyond the art community is attested to by her inclusion in hundreds of publications throughout the world. Her art has been frequently exhibited in the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition, a number of the books she has authored have been published in foreign editions, bringing her art and philosophy to readers worldwide. In the early seventies after a decade of professional art practice, Chicago pioneered feminist art and art education through a unique program for women at California State University, Fresno, a pedagogical approach that she has continued to develop over the years. In 1974, Chicago turned her attention to the subject of women’s history to create her most well-known work, The Dinner Party, which was executed between 1974 and 1979 with the participation of hundreds of volunteers. This monumental multimedia project, a symbolic history of women in Western Civilization, has been seen by more than one million viewers during its sixteen exhibitions held at venues spanning six countries.

Tickets: $15 adults; $12 students/seniors; $10 Jewish Museum members.

A Closer Look Gallery Talks. Monday afternoons at 1 pm – March 17, 24, 31; April 7, 28. Educators and curators engage visitors in discussions about select works of art in the special exhibition galleries.

FREE with Museum admission

Beginning in March, The Jewish Museum will present a major exhibition of sculpture from the 1960s featuring the work of artists from Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, much of which has rarely been seen in the United States. Presented in two parts, Other Primary Structures revisits the premise of and builds upon the Museum’s seminal 1966 exhibition Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculptors, the first American museum exhibition to survey the style now known as Minimalism. Primary Structures introduced the public to such artists as Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Walter De Maria, Robert Morris, Anne Truitt, and others-figures unknown at the time but soon to become synonymous with a radically new approach to sculpture. Nearly 50 years later, Other Primary Structures revisits this formative moment in art history while also reexamining the period from today’s far more global perspective. The first part of the exhibition titled Others 1, on view from March 14 – May 18, 2014, examines work created between 1960 and 1967, while Others 2, on view from May 25 – August 3, presents work created between 1967 and 1970, some of which was directly influenced by the 1966 Primary Structures exhibition at The Jewish Museum.

The Mildred and George Weissman Program has been endowed by Paul, Ellen, and Dan Weissman in honor of their parents.

Public Programs at The Jewish Museum are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Major annual support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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