Unorthodox

November 6, 2015 - March 27, 2016

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.”

Jens Hoffmann
Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs

Installation view of the exhibition Unorthodox, November 6, 2015-March 27, 2016. The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo by: David Heald.

© Keiichi Tanaami, courtesy of the artist and NANZUKA, Tokyo, Japan.

Installation view of the exhibition Unorthodox, November 6, 2015-March 27, 2016. The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo by: David Heald.

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.

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Unorthodox is organized by Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, Daniel S. Palmer, Leon Levy Assistant Curator, and Kelly Taxter, Assistant Curator.

 

Participating Artists

Margit Anna
Austė
Clayton Bailey
Brian Belott
Meriem Bennani
Adolfo Bernal
Dineo Seshee Bopape
Michael Buthe
Tony Cox
Olga de Amaral
Brian DeGraw 
Marie-Louise Ekman
Brenda Fajardo 
Christina Forrer
Valeska Gert 
Stephen Goodfellow
Zach Harris
Margaret Harrison
Tommy Hartung
Nadira Husain
Jamian Juliano-Villani
Cyrus Kabiru
E’wao Kagoshima 
Gülsün Karamustafa
Keiichi Tanaami 
Július Koller
Jirí  Kovanda 
Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato
Boris Lurie
Alice Mackler 
Abu Bakarr Mansaray
f.marquespenteado
Park McArthur 
Birgit Megerle
Jeffry Mitchell 
Mrinalini Mukherjee
Masatoshi Naito
Hylton Nel 
Zoë Paul 
Nick Payne
Christina Ramberg
Bunny Rogers
David Rosenak
Erna Rosenstein
Xanti Schawinsky
Max Schumann
Leang Seckon
Diane Simpson 
Philip Smith
Hajime Sorayama
Jeni Spota
Miroslav Tichý 
Amikam Toren
Endre Tót 
William T. Vollmann 

 

Unorthodox is made possible by the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, the  Boris Lurie Art Foundation, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, and a Gift of Agnes Gund.  
Endowment support is provided by the Melva Bucksbaum Fund for Contemporary Art. Additional support is provided by the Leon Levy Foundation and Ealan and Melinda Wingate.

Video

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.

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