ARTISTS’ BENEFIT. A LOOK BACK, Judson Memorial Church, New York, 1975

Opening: October 31, 1975

Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 cm

Curated by: Jon Hendricks

Invitation Design: George Macunias

Further Information: “Artists’ benefit for Judson Chuch, exhibition and sale of works donated by artists associated with Judson from 1958 […] What happened / A look back: Exhibition of sound and visual material from the Judson Arts’ program archive: 1958-1970.”

The Judson Gallery at the Judson Memorial Church was founded by Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg, Marcus Ratliff und Tom Wesselmann in 1959, with early participation by artists such as Daniel Spoerri, Yoko Ono and Robert Rauschenberg. Up from the early 1960s, a group of choreographers, composers and filmmakers gathered in Judson Memorial Church, which is still a socially engaged Protestant congregation in New York’s Greenwich Village. The performances evolving from these workshops and gathering, such as by Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Steve Paxton, David Gordon, Yvonne Rainer and Red Grooms,  involved everyday movements—gestures drawn from the street or the home, eventually establishing what is today known as postmodern dance. Their structures were based on games, simple tasks, and social dances. Meanwhile, the church also hosted the Judson Poets’ Theatre, which was political as well as a known venue of New Yorks Off-Off scene, where directors such as Joel Oppenheimer staged their plays. See also


Further links:

NYU Judson Memorial Archive: Further designs of the invitation and notes

Images: Images of the invitation and all other archival documents shown on this page are part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.



Claes OldenburgDaniel SpoerriGeorge MaciunasJim DineRobert RauschenbergSteve PaxtonTrisha BrownYoko OnoYvonne Rainer