Check out the article in the most recent NYU Alumni Magazine, Issue 20 (Spring 2013), on Department of Art History alumni Ari Lipkis (’11) and Alex Ahn (’11) and their art space, TEMP (and for more on TEMP, see our August 31, 2012, November 8, 2012, and April 1, 2013 blogposts)17 Jun
Visiting Donald Judd’s Home and Studio in SoHo
Moving through Donald Judd’s newly renovated home at 101 Spring Street, the Grey Art Gallery’s staff recently enjoyed a preview that allowed for a uniquely personal exploration of the artist’s life and work. The Judd Foundation has clearly gone to great lengths to preserve the setting of this five-story loft as it was when the artist lived there. In other words, much work has been done to avoid the often sterile atmosphere of museum and gallery spaces. Thus, artworks go unlabeled and are dispersed amid the house’s furnishings and other accoutrements. The only exception to this policy is on the first floor, where two newly installed works by Judd and a sculpture by Carl Andre reside in an otherwise mostly empty space surrounded by large plate-glass windows fronting on the street.
From there, visitors ascend to the second floor flanked on the staircase by a series of African masks. This level consists of a kitchen and informal dining space. Everyday and personal objects lie about casually, interspersed with the art Judd chose for his home. On view here are a red painting by Ad Reinhardt and a most interesting large wall fresco by David Novros, which is currently in the process of being restored. Seeing the artist’s characteristic multi-colored abstractions at such an immense scale is highly intriguing.
Judd’s studio takes up the third floor, conjuring up the environment in which he created his works. An architect’s desk covered with protractors, pencils, and other objects stands before one of the many large-paned windows that fill the rooms with natural light. This is easily overlooked, however, as a massive aluminum object designed by Judd commands the space. Appropriately for Judd’s studio, this work epitomizes his desire for art to determine how viewers move through a place.
The fourth floor includes a formal dining hall and boasts impressive artworks. This includes the dining table and chairs themselves, crafted to Judd’s own designs. Two early works by Dan Flavin from his “icon” series and a large color painting by Frank Stella also inhabit the room.
Fittingly, Judd’s bedroom, on the fifth and final floor, caps the experience. After walking down a narrow corridor one is guided into the space by an enormous fluorescent-light installation by Dan Flavin. It extends the entire length of the room and is the only light source except for a small reading lamp and flashlight. In such an intimate location, this work has an amazing effect. Indeed, everything about this room exudes Judd’s philosophy: an efficient arrangement of space exuding the clarity and presence of the objects inhabiting it.
For instance, the bed has no frame and consists simply of a mattress on a very low Judd-designed platform. Surrounding it are but a few artworks, allowing room for each work to breathe and signal its autonomy. These works include two early works by Judd, a crushed-automobile sculpture by John Chamberlain, a hanging piece by Claes Oldenburg, and the aforementioned Dan Flavin installation. Other works are found in the smaller rooms. Overall, visiting Donald Judd’s New York home and studio was an amazing experience, one I highly recommend once it opens to the public in June 2013.
Guided visits of 101 East Spring Street will begin on June 18, 2013, and tickets can now be purchased through an online booking system. To book a visit, or for more information, please go to the Judd Foundation’s website.
–Written by Devon Hersch, Grey Art Gallery Intern and CAS Art History ‘14
Ink and Image, New York University’s journal of undergraduate research in the history of art, architecture, and urban design, published its fifth issue this month.
The journal’s student editors for the 2012-13 academic year were Art History majors Rachel High, Thor Shannon, and Nora Boyd, all class of 2013; Boyd is also an Urban Design and Architecture Studies minor. The cover was designed by Suzy Shaheen, Art History ’10. Once again, Professor Carol Krinsky provided invaluable assistance as faculty advisor. Six articles, all by undergraduates studying at NYU, appear in the fifth issue. The authors and their essays are as follows:
–Kaylee Alexander (Art History ’13), “Blue Hole, Flood Waters, Little Miami River: The Aesthetics of Abolitionism and the Underground Railroad.”
–Vivian Chen (Art History ’13), “The Elgin Loot: National Treasures and Cultural Properties from Greece and China.”
– Zachary Fine (Gallatin ’15), “Lucia Freud’s Naked Girl with Egg: A Meditation on Temporality.”
– Anna van Niekerk (Art History/Politics ’14), “Failure to Integrate: 41 Cooper Square, New York, Thom Mayne and Morphosis.”
– James Walsh (Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’13), “Selling a Community: Shopping Centers and the Suburbs.”
– Karen Zabarsky (Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’13), “Design Intent in the Preservation of Modern Architecture: The Aluminaire House.”
Ink and Image was founded in 2009 by department alumni Malcolm St. Clair ’09 and Alexis Wang ’09 with the goal of expanding the community of scholars at NYU by publishing original undergraduate research in the history and theory of art and architecture. St. Clair and Wang served as executive editors of the inaugural issue, while Adrian Marshall ’10 served as associate editor and Professor Kenneth Silver as faculty advisor. The first issue featured articles by Art History majors Chase Booker, Alexander Kauffman, Natalie Dûpecher, and Michael DeNiro. Marshall and Kauffman edited Issue 2, which included articles by Alex Govenar, Anne Feng, and Hannah Green, all Art History majors or minors. Issue 3, edited by Art History majors Sofia Chirico ’11 and Mia Laufer ’11, and John Kwiatkowski, Gallatin ’11, featured articles by Lindsey Berfond, Whitney Theis, Christopher Purpura, and Sam Siegel and Peter Spalding, all Art History or Urban Design majors (see our May 27th, 2011 post). Art History majors Alexander Ciesielski ’12, James Newhouse ’12, and Hillary Pearson ’12 served as editors of Issue 4, which featured articles by Kaylee Alexander (a two-time Ink and Image author), Renny Grinshpan, Alicia Caticha, Julia Gage, and Nick Kazmierski – all Art History or Urban Design majors – as well as Eun Jin Kang, a Comparative Literature/Cinema Studies major, and Dina Münzfeld, an international exchange student from the Humboldt University of Berlin (see our May 7th, 2012 blogpost).
The articles published in each issue of Ink and Image develop out of term papers and other research conducted by students in advanced Art History and Urban Design courses, independent studies, and senior honors theses.
College of Arts & Science Dean Matthew Santirocco and Dean Sally Sanderlin provided crucial support toward the launch of Ink and Image, which continues to benefit from the support of the current CAS Dean, Gabrielle Starr, the CAS administration, and the CAS Student Council. Ink and Image is distributed to the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Getty Research Institute, as well as Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and Technical University in Dresden, Germany.
Kathryn A. Smith
Great thanks to this year’s terrific Fine Arts Society executive board — co-presidents Olivia Zhang and Riad Kherdeen, treasurer Valerie Itteilag, secretary Nora Gorman, PR officer Vivian Chen, and board member Emily Yang — for putting together a wonderful program of events for the 2012-13 academic year (see our April 17th, 2013 blogpost).
It is a pleasure to introduce the club’s executive board for the 2013-14 academic year:
Olivia Zhang ’14 – Co-President
Linse Kelbe ’14 – Co-President
Valerie Itteilag ’15 – Treasurer
Eliza Blackman ’14 – Secretary
Sarah Bigler ’16 – Co-Archivist
Da Young Kim ’14 – Co-Archivist
Dorothy Vickery ’14 – PR Officer
Elizabeth Fazzare ’14 – Marketing Chair
Caitlin Wood ’14 – Board Member
Rachel Weinert ’14 – Board Member
Thomas Fallon ’15 – Board Member
Many thanks to all of you for your willingness to serve on the board of our CAS student club.
Congratulations to all of our Art History and Urban Design and Architecture Studies majors on their hard work and many achievements this academic year. Best wishes for a productive and restorative summer! To supplement or correct the information presented here, please contact Professor Kathryn Smith (Kathryn.firstname.lastname@example.org) with a copy to Peggy Coon (email@example.com).
Kaylee Alexander (Art History) holds part-time positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Morgan Library & Museum. She has been admitted to the M. A. program in Art History at the IFA for this fall. Her article, “Blue Hole, Flood Waters, Little Miami River: The Aesthetics of Abolitionism and the Underground Railroad,” will appear in Ink & Image 5 this spring. Kaylee presented a paper on “Landscape and Experience: A Changing Aesthetic in Post-Revolutionary France” at the CAS Undergraduate Research Conference in April.She will complete her certificate in Appraisal Studies for Fine and Decorative Arts in May.
Zakariya Al-Haffar (Urban Design & Architecture Studies) presented a paper on “The Unexpected Role of the Caravanserai of the Ottoman Empire in Greater Syria: A Story of Hybridization and Political Legitimacy” at the CAS Undergraduate Research Conference this April.
Thomas Baldwin (Art History/German) presented a paper on “Hannah Höch’s Die Journalisten” at the CAS Undergraduate Research Conference this April. He has an internship at the Whitney Museum of American Art in Registration and Collections Management for the fall semester.
Andrew Barron (Art History) is the recipient of the Eileen Guggenheim Award, presented for scholarly accomplishments in the fine arts.
Nora Boyd (Art History/Urban Design & Architecture Studies minor) received a DURF grant for work on her honors thesis, which she is writing under the supervision of Professor Jon Ritter. The grant allowed Nora to conduct research in Shanghai. She presented a paper on “The Shanghai Lilong: A Miscast Type in the Discussion of Colonialism and Westernization in Shanghai” at the CAS Undergraduate Research Conference this April. This spring she earned the Sherborne Vernon Damerel Memorial Award from the CAS Dean’s Office. Nora is one of three co-editors of Ink & Image 5. “I’ve had a fantastic time in the department in the last four years, and am very sad to be leaving it,” writes Nora. “Thank you so much for all the resources and opportunities!” Nora is the recipient of a Faculty Choice Award from the Department of Art History and Program for Urban Design & Architecture Studies.
Erica Chang (Art History) interned at MoMA in their International Program Department. She was involved in a project called Post, a new digital initiative the Museum is undertaking as a sub-site of moma.org. Erica also conducted research analysis for art institutions around the world that may be potential future partners of MoMA. This summer, she will be a marketing analyst intern at Samsung’s Shinsaegae luxury department store in Seoul, South Korea.
Victoria Damutz (Art History) presented a paper on “Gothic Dreamers: The Dichotomy Between Neoclassicism and Romanticism in Fuseli’s The Nightmare and Goya’s The Sleep of Reason” at the CAS Undergraduate Research Conference this April. She is the recipient of a Faculty Choice Award from the Department of Art History.
Matthew Dowsett (Urban Design & Architecture Studies) is the recipient of the Evelyn Jablow Lilienthal Scholarship, presented to an accomplished junior in the Urban Design and Architecture Studies Program.
Ellis Edwards (Art History) has been interning at the contemporary auction house, Phillips, in their Contemporary Jewelry department, since the beginning of the spring semester. Working for a cataloguer and an administrator, Ellis helped to prepare for the auction on April 24th by preparing condition reports, cataloguing lots, managing numerous spread sheets, dealing with clients and dealers, etc. She will return in fall, but this time in the Contemporary Art department — her area of expertise.
Franco Forti (Urban Design & Architecture Studies), Brett Leondhart (SCPS), and Stephanie Morales (Urban Design & Architecture Studies/Environmental Studies Class) were awarded an NYU Green Grant in May of 2012 to investigate: Can NYU Go Net Zero? “With the collaboration of Chambers Design, we were able to deconstruct a 1,918,000 gsf building design to see where we can reduce its energy use and make it energy neutral, writes Stephanie. “Together, we examined the energy use, created energy models, and suggested renewable energy systems for our baseline building; more information on the project can be found here. Our results yielded a fifty-page document explaining step-by-step how to make a Net Zero building, which will consequently influence future construction at NYU.”
Katherine French (Art History) is the recipient of the Jane Costello Memorial Award, presented to a graduating senior for excellence in the study of the history of art.
Emma Gagnon (Art History) is the recipient of the Douglas F. Maxwell Award in Art History, presented to a graduating senior for excellence in the study of art history. The award is for travel outside of the U.S.A. to see and study original works of art.
Natalia Garcia (Urban Design & Architecture Studies/Studio Art minor) has been admitted to a post-graduate teacher-training course called PGCE Primary at London South Bank University, for Primary Education.
Teny Geragos (Art History/Media, Culture & Communications) has been admitted to Loyola Law School beginning in fall.
Rachel High (Art History) is one of three co-editors of Ink & Image 5. She presented a paper on “The Writing of Allan Kaprow as a Curation of Identity and Historical Presence” at the CAS Undergraduate Research Conference in April and was awarded first in her panel. Rachel is the recipient of a Faculty Choice Award from the Department of Art History.
Hsiang-Yi (Melody) Ho (Urban Design & Architecture Studies) has been admitted to the three-year Master of Architecture program at GSAPP, Columbia University, beginning this fall.
In-Sung Kim (Urban Design & Architecture Studies) presented a paper on “Seoul Greenbelt Development and the Necessity of Preservation” at the CAS Undergraduate Research Conference in April.
Denia Lara (Art History) has an internship at the Whitney Museum of American Art this summer.
Elizabeth Lorenz (Art History) is the co-recipient of the H. W. Janson Scholarship, presented to a junior major for excellence in the study of the history of art.
Amber Lynn (Urban Design & Architecture Studies) presented a paper on “Urban Renewal Without Gentrification: The City of New York and Charlotte Street” at the CAS Undergraduate Research Conference this April.
Ariel Menche (Art History) was one of only twenty-two students accepted to NYU’s Undergraduate Honors Leaders Course. She also was admitted to the B.S./M.S. program of NYU’s Stern School of Business to pursue an M.S. in Accounting.
Nasim Mirzai (Art History) is the co-recipient of the H. W. Janson Scholarship, presented to a junior major for excellence in the study of the history of art.
Alessandro Olson (Urban Design & Architecture Studies) presented a paper on “The Private as Partner: A Study of New York’s Privately Funded Public Waterfront Spaces” at the CAS Undergraduate Research Conference this April. Alessandro is the co-recipient of the Ada Louise Huxtable Award, presented to an outstanding graduating senior with the highest grade point average and most promise for future success in the field of Urban Design and Architecture.
Ariane Prache (Urban Design & Architecture Studies) was the recipient of a DURF grant. She presented a paper on “Adaptive Reuse in France: Public vs. Private Through the Lens of the Abbaye des Vaux de Cernay” at the CAS Undergraduate Research Conference this April, and completed an honors thesis on adaptive reuse of cultural patrimony in France. Ariane is the co-recipient of the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize, presented to an outstanding graduating senior with the highest grade point average and most promise for future success in the field of Urban Design and Architecture.
Thor Shannon (Art History) has just begun a position at Gavin Brown’s enterprise as a gallery assistant and will continue to work there after graduation. He presented a paper on “Contemporary Art in the Post-Internet Age” at the CAS Undergraduate Research Conference this April. Thor is one of three co-editors of Ink & Image 5. He is the recipient of a Faculty Choice Award from the Department of Art History.
Michael Storm (Urban Design & Architecture Studies) presented a paper on “How to Define Social Architecture: Reinterpreting the Modernist and Postmodernist Divide Through the Work of Candilis-Josic-Woods” at the CAS Undergraduate Research Conference this April and received an award for his presentation. In September 2012, he began an internship with CIVITAS, a community organization working on quality of life issues in the Upper East Side and East Harlem. With CIVITAS he has been developing a report on the 2003 Rezoning of East Harlem as well as writing articles on neighborhood issues for their newsletter.
Nicole Sutton (French/Urban Design & Architecture Studies minor) has been accepted to the M.A. Program for Historical and Sustainable Architecture at NYU in London for this fall.
James Walsh (Urban Design & Architecture Studies) presented a paper on “Selling a Community: Shopping Centers and the Suburbs” at the CAS Undergraduate Research Conference this April. His honors thesis, “Selling a Community: Shopping Centers and the Suburbs,” has been nominated for the Albert S. Borgman Memorial Prize, awarded to the candidates for honors who submit the best honors theses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
Maggie Wong (Art History) has a freelance position writing for a new art blog called NYC Art Parasites, an online magazine based in Berlin that now has a New York branch. Here’s a link to her recent article.
Emily Young (Art History/Urban Design & Architecture Studies) recently was hired by the Center for Active Design as their marketing/graphic design intern. The Center is a non-profit organization founded as a multi-agency task force under Mayor Michael Bloomberg to recommend solutions to solving the City’s obesity crisis. More information can be found here.
Karen Zabarsky (Urban Design & Architecture Studies) attended Columbia University’s Introduction to Architecture Summer Program in July 2012. She was awarded a DURF Grant in November 2012 to research her senior honors thesis research on “The Role of Design Intent in the Preservation of Modern Architecture.” In March 2013, she gave a paper entitled “The Role of Design Intent in the Preservation of Modern Architecture: The Aluminaire House” at the Case Western 10th Annual Undergraduate Art History Symposium at Case Western Reserve University. She also was invited to present her research at a Symposium in Cleveland and received a DURF Conference grant to support her attendance. Her article of the same title will be published in Ink&Image this spring. She has worked both part- and full-time as Marketing Coordinator at STUDIO V Architecture. She is the recipient of a Faculty Choice Award from the Program for Urban Design & Architecture Studies.