Poster for Judd Conference featuring image of Judd's 1974 piece at the PCVA (photo Maryanne Caruthers)
The University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts and PORT are
pleased to announce what promises to be a major highlight of Portland's 2010
cultural calendar; a scholarly conference and exhibition, "Donald
Judd: Delegated Fabrication; history, practices, issues and implications
on April 25th 2010. With keynote speaker Robert Storr and other notables like
, this promises to be a conference where Judd's most radical artistic
contributions are examined and discussed. Space will be limited to encourage
discussion so this wont be one of those static lecture and listen style events.
Furthermore, I'll be curating the exhibition Donald Judd, which will support
and encourage the conferences discussion. It opens on conference day and runs
through May 21st at the U of O's White Box gallery in Portland. The event is
sponsored by the University of Oregon's School of Architecture and Allied Arts,
PORT and through the generous patron support of Bonnie Serkin and Will Emery.
$65 early registration (through March 22)
Sunday, April 25, 2010
University of Oregon in Portland
White Stag Block
70 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
So why Portland? First of all, there needs to be more scholarship on Judd. Judd completed his first full
room sized installation here in 1974
and wrote about the piece in his last
essay, "Some Aspects of Color in General and Red and Black in Particular."
Also, Judd's Douglas Fir plywood mostly came from Oregon (in fact industrial plywood was invented in Portland and showcased in the 1905 Worlds Fair). Overall though, Portland
is kind of "Switzerland" or neutral ground in terms of Judd history,
we aren't New York or Marfa and though those were his two main centers Judd
was active globally till his death in 1994.
Arcy and I have been hard at work on this for over a year now and the whole
process began when Arcy wrote his piece on Donald
Judd's important 1974 exhibition at the Portland Center for the Visual Arts
It was Judd's first full room installation and part of a series of little known
plywood works in London, Portland, Bern, Los Angeles... etc. (most will be familiar
with the slant piece at Dia Beacon). That article lead to the Judd
pointing Arcy to longtime Judd fabricator, restorer and curator
Peter Ballantine and the wheels were set in motion. Tremendous thanks should
go out to those responsible for making this important event happen, Bonnie Serkin
and Will Emery, Peter Ballantine, Kate Wagle (University of Oregon
Portland), Arcy Douglass (Conference Director), Sarah Meigs, Paige Saez (graphic
design), PAM's chief curator Bruce Guenther and The Portland Art Museum's Crumpaker library whose PCVA archives
made this all happen.
For April art venues in the Portland metro area will have Judd Conference related
Elizabeth Leach Gallery will present a show of Judd prints and Museum of Contemporary
Craft, PDX Contemporary Art, Reed College's Cooley Gallery, Froelick Gallery
and Linfield College will all have related shows. Add that to the Portland Art
Museum's continuing Disquieted
shows... plus PICA's TADA party the night before on the 24th and you have got one
great Portland art weekend.
Awesome. Now how do I get in for free?