New York’s Center for Architecture Exhibits “Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd”

Interior view of 9 meter concrete building. Drawing by Claude Armstrong. Image courtesy Center for Architecture

A new exhibit showcasing the built and unrealized architectural works of 20th century minimalist designer Donald Judd will open tonight at the Center for Architecture in New York. Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd features five select projects and proposals—the Concrete Buildings in Marfa, Texas; the urban proposal for downtown Cleveland, Ohio; the Eichholteren Haus in Küssnacht-am-Rigi, Switzerland; the Kunsthaus Bregenz Office and Archive Building in Bregenz, Austria; and Bahnhof Ost in Basel, Switzerland—within a threefold thematic framework, highlighting the designer’s formal consistency in response to a variety of scales and levels of complexity.

Curated by Claude Armstrong and Donna Cohen—co-founders of Armstrong + Cohen Architecture who served as architectural assistants to Judd in the 1980s, the exhibition includes new representations of projects through both drawing and models, as well as photographs of archival material, and interpretive digital renderings of the unbuilt works.

“In Marfa, Claude and I were known as ‘the kids.’ If we were kids then, now we are grown, and with 30 years of perspective from continued work in architecture, we are ready to share and learn more about Judd’s architecture,” said Donna Cohen. “Our motivation for the exhibition, for the observations here, together with new models, drawings, and project descriptions, is to share Judd’s work in architecture with a wider public and to connect that moment to the present.”

Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd will be on view through March 5, 2018.

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