“Unorthodox does not comment on Jewish religious orthodoxy or critique it, but takes its inspiration from the Jewish tradition of dialogue and debate to investigate the impact of unorthodox concepts on orthodox systems. Unorthodox aims to break with a cultural and artistic uniformity that has developed over the last century among artists and museums, proposing a nonconformist engagement with art as a means to disrupt the status quo.”
Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs
This November, the Jewish Museum will present Unorthodox, a large-scale group exhibition featuring 55 contemporary artists from around the world whose practices mix forms and genres without concern for artistic conventions. Though the artists in Unorthodox come from a wide variety of backgrounds and generations, they are united in their spirit of independence and individuality. Through over 200 works, the exhibition will highlight the importance of iconoclasm and art’s key role in breaking rules and traditions. Numerous works that examine social and political values, religion and humanism, trauma, and identity explore the relationship between the human figure and the modern creative process.
Unorthodox is organized by Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, Daniel S. Palmer, Leon Levy Assistant Curator, and Kelly Taxter, Assistant Curator.
Dineo Seshee Bopape
Olga de Amaral
Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato
Abu Bakarr Mansaray
William T. Vollmann
Take an exclusive tour of The Jewish Museum's exhibit, Unorthodox, guided by Jens Hoffmann, deputy director, exhibitions and public programs. Unorthodox is a large-scale group exhibition featuring over 50 contemporary artists from around the world whose practices mix forms and genres without concern for artistic conventions.
Hans Ulrich Obrist is widely regarded as the most experimental and unconventional curator of his generation and is credited with radically altering the traditional understanding of exhibition-making. He sits down with the Jewish Museum’s Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs and co-curator of the exhibition Unorthodox, to discuss the development and history of curating, highlighting some of Obrist’s most challenging exhibitions and examining historical examples of radical curatorial practices that have emerged over the last 40 years.
Recorded on November 8, 2015 at 92nd Street Y.