Mancia/Bodmer

ARCHITECT's Ayda Ayoubi shares a look at a newly opened exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) , which takes a closer look at Donald Judd's practice as a furniture designer.

The late American artist, often associated with the Minimalism movement of the early 1960s, is known for his modern sculptures. It wasn't until the late 1960s that Judd began designing and making furniture. This shift in his career coincided with the purchase of 101 Spring St., a five-story, cast-iron building in New York's SoHo neighborhood, that later served as his personal residence and studio, and for which he designed furniture throughout the rest of his life.

Mancia/BodmerCurated by Joseph Becker, associate curator of architecture and design at SFMOMA, "Donald Judd: Specific Furniture" looks beyond Judd's career as a sculptor and examines his furniture pieces independent from his works of art. The show features more than 30 furniture items and 25 original hand drawings from Judd Foundation and SFMOMA collections and outside loans. Visitors to this exhibition can also sit on and touch eight newly fabricated pieces by Donald Judd Furniture, before and after the show. Additionally, a selection of Judd's collected pieces by iconic architects and designers such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Alvar Aalto, Gerrit Rietveld, and Rudolph Schindler is on display.

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