This two-part exhibition features sculptures by artists working in the 1960s in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Africa and reexamines the historic Jewish Museum show Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculptors (1966) from a global point of view.
The Jewish Museum presents 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. 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, 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.
Presented in two parts, Other Primary Structures is on view from March 14 – August 3, 2014. 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.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Jewish Museum is publishing a two-volume catalogue. The first volume is a reissue of the original Primary Structures catalogue that is currently out-of-print. The second volume, the accompanying catalogue for Other Primary Structures, is illustrated and features an essay by the curator, Jens Hoffmann. It also includes excerpts from the unpublished unedited transcript of the 1966 symposium on “The New Sculpture” with panelists Mark di Suvero, Donald Judd, Robert Morris, critic Barbara Rose, and Kynaston McShine, the curator of Primary Structures.
Other Primary Structures is organized by Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs.
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Claudia Gould, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director, and Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, discuss the exhibition Other Primary Structures at the Jewish Museum.