Jack Goldstein × 10,000

Jack Goldstein × 10,000

The Jewish Museum

Jack Goldstein, The Jump, 1978. 16mm film, color, silent, 26 seconds. Courtesy Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne and the Estate of Jack Goldstein.

May 8, 2013

Jack Goldstein × 10,000
May 10–September 29, 2013

The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Ave at 92nd St
New York, NY 10128

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Sunday 11am–5:45pm
Wednesday closed (shops/Café open 11am–3pm)
Thursday 11am–8pm (pay what you wish after 5pm)
Saturday 11am–5:45pm (free)

T 212 423 3200
F 212 423 3232


The first American retrospective of the Canadian-born artist Jack Goldstein (1945–2003) brings to light his important legacy. This comprehensive exhibition frames Goldstein as a central figure of the Pictures Generation of the 1970s and 1980s and showcases his influential paintings and films, while also including installations, writings, and pioneering sound recordings. The artists of the Pictures Generation, including Cindy Sherman, Sherrie Levine, Laurie Simmons, Barbara Kruger, David Salle, and Robert Longo, explored a new stylistic vocabulary grounded in their interest in popular culture, appropriating images from books, magazines, advertisements, television, and film.

Goldstein transformed, restaged, and remade films in such a way as to strip out specific details, context, and function. Exhibition highlights include his celebrated film of a growling Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lion. Another signature work is the film The Jump, featuring a leaping diver performing a somersault and disintegrating into fragments. Given Goldstein’s legacy and his increasing relevance to younger artists, this long overdue retrospective is essential to a larger re-evaluation of post-1960s American art.

The what, where, how, and who of Jack Goldstein
Exhibition walk-through
What is Jack Goldstein? 
Saturday, May 18, 2pm
Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Public Programs, presents an in-depth look at the exhibition and discusses how Goldstein emerged as one of the most significant artists of the Pictures Generation. Admission is free on Saturdays. RSVP required.

Dialogue and discourse:

Where is Jack Goldstein? 
Thursday, May 23, 6:30pm
Douglas Crimp, critic and Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History at the University of Rochester, and Jens Hoffmann discuss Goldstein as a pioneer of conceptual art practices. Free with pay what you wish admission. RSVP required.

How is Jack Goldstein? 
Tuesday, June 25, 6:30pm
As Jack Goldstein’s instructor at CalArts in the early 1970s, John Baldessari greatly informed the late artist’s work. R. H. Quaytman continues the tradition of appropriation and mechanical reproduction. Baldessari and Quaytman share their reflections and impressions of Goldstein in this intergenerational dialogue moderated by Jens Hoffmann. Free. RSVP required.

Symposium: Who is Jack Goldstein?
Sunday, September 22, 12:30–4:30pm
This extended day of discussion brings together a number of artists who emerged alongside Jack Goldstein in the 1970s, with a focus on the legendary Pictures exhibition curated by Douglas Crimp in 1977 as well as the influential post-studio classes of John Baldessari at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, where Goldstein received his MFA. Panel discussions examine the particular circumstances of the art world during the ’70s and ’80s along with the impact of the Pictures Generation on artists today. Artist and filmmaker Morgan Fisher presents the keynote lecture and panelists include artists Robert Longo, Matt Mullican, Troy Brauntuch, James Welling, Kathryn Andrews, and Paul Pfeiffer, among others. Click for more information.

Writers and Artists Respond: Goldsmith/Goldstein
Thursday, May 30, 6:30pm
Poet, practitioner, and founder of UbuWeb Kenneth Goldsmith responds to the exhibition as part of Writers and Artists Respond, a series of discussions and performances in the Museum’s galleries. Free with pay what you wish admission. RSVP required.

Other public programs:

The Wind Up 
Thursday, July 18, 8pm
The Museum’s after-hours series of multilayered events features an evening of exhibition tours, open beer and wine bar, and music from the ’80s. Beer courtesy of Shmaltz Brewing Company. Click here for more information.

A Closer Look  
Monday afternoons at 1pm: May 13, 20; June 3, 10; July 1, 22, 29
Educators and curators present weekly gallery discussion in the exhibition Jack Goldstein × 10,000. Free with admission.

The artist
Born to a Jewish family in Montreal in 1945, Jack Goldstein moved to Los Angeles as a child, and he lived and worked in Los Angeles and New York City. He studied in the late 1960s at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and then at the newly founded California Institute of the Arts under John Baldessari. In 1972 he became one of the first recipients of a CalArts Master of Fine Arts degree, and in 1977 was included in the seminal exhibition Pictures at Artists Space in New York.

Jack Goldstein × 10,000 was organized by the Orange County Museum of Art and curated by guest curator Philipp Kaiser.

The Jewish Museum presentation has been organized by Joanna Montoya, Neubauer Family Foundation Assistant Curator.

This exhibition is made possible by a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Additional support is provided by Jean and Tim Weiss, the National Endowment for the Arts, Barbara and Victor L. Klein, and Karyn D. Kohl.

The Jewish Museum presentation is made possible by the Melva Bucksbaum Fund for Contemporary Art. Generous support is also provided by Venus Over Manhattan.


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