Poster for Judd Conference featuring image of Judd's 1974 piece at the PCVA (photo Maryanne Caruthers)
Just in case you hadn't heard already, there will be an historic scholarly
conference and exhibition exploring the core issue of Donald Judd's Delegated
at the U of O in Portland (featuring keynote speaker Robert
Storr and many others). In support this event many other Judd related events
are taking place throughout the month.
There are several talks:
One of Dan Graham's outdoor installations
On April 15 The University of Oregon in Eugene is hosting
a lecture by Dan Graham
from 7-8PM at Room 177, Lawrence Hall. You can even
from the Portland Campus. Besides being a world renowned artist
himself, Dan Graham was also Donald Judd's first art dealer at the John Daniels
Gallery. Both artists were products if the same era and took a similar very
empirical approach towards art and life.
On April 17 at 3:00 PM PNCA will host Judd Related, a multidisciplinary panel
of noted Portland artists whose work has had a strong relationship to Donald
Judd's. This will be a be a thought provoking discussion about intersecting
influence, precedent, examples and the inevitability of where these artists
differ from Judd. Of particular interest is the inter-artist note-comparing
portion of this gathering all of the participants produce such divergent work.
The panel consists of; Storm
Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen
. I will moderate.
Besides "Donald Judd" an exhibition connected to the conference the
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is exhibiting Select
Prints by Donald Judd
, including some of the early ones the artist executed
with his father. It's a good introduction to Judd's ideas of manifold non hierarchical
Other related exhibitions:
Jesse Hayward's The
Kitchen Counter Collective at Linfield
runs through May 1st. If you are
making a trek to Portland for the conference a sojourn to wine country and Linfield
College's space might be a nice way to round out the weekend.
Victor Maldonado's Green Screen Series
has tongues a wagging. I like how it pesters
or teases the easy to ape "look" of minimalism while updating the
line of thinking that lead to that era's work.
Mangold's "New Work
" is installation of rigorous spatial forms made from carbon and other materials,
also at Elizabeth Leach Gallery rounds things out.
Reed's excellent Scarecrow
exhibition is another thought provoker
. Though many people wrongfully
think of Judd's work as object based sculpture in fact its more like performance
put on for the viewer. Scarecrow explores performance with excellent documentary
films by Warhol, Benglis and Rauschenberg, etc.
Besides those related shows, several unrelated exhibitions at PAM like Disquieted
(featuring Daniel Richter, Charles Ray, Jaume Plensa etc), Leon
further justify a trip to Portland the weekend of the 25th, with
either Jet Blue or I-5 its a good time to visit.