The Donald Judd Museum is an amazing museum. It’s not like other museums that mainly display wall paintings, sculptures, and artifacts in plexiglass encased booths. The museum, which is housed in Donald Judd’s 5 story home here in Soho, explores his architecture, his use of space in interior design, furniture design, paintings, sculptures as well as his collection of other famous artists’ works.
Although Judd’s home, a five floor cast iron building, was recently renovated at a cost of 23 million dollars, the layout of the furniture and artworks is almost exactly the same as when Judd lived there.
Judd felt that, not only do the artworks need to be seen, but that the spacing around them contributes to the artworks’ sense of presence and to the viewers’ appreciation. He arranged each floor for a specific use and the design of the space between objects was very important to him. The second floor of his home was the eating area, the third flood was his work area, the fourth floor was his living room area and the fifth floor was his sleeping area.
Donald Judd was considered one of the most important and innovative artists of his time, living from 1928 to 1994.
I would recommend reading up on Donald Judd before going. It will give you a better insight into this great artist’s mind. The museum is located at 101 Spring Street in Soho and the tours are given by practicing artists.
I was simply fascinated by this museum. It increased my appreciation for artistic potential in the simple things of everyday life. I hope that you enjoy the experience.