The Jewish Museum presents New York: 1962-1964, an exhibition that explores a pivotal three-year period in the history of art and culture in New York City, examining how artists living and working in New York responded to their rapidly changing world. Installed across two floors, this immersive exhibition presents more than 150 works of art — all made or seen in New York between 1962-1964 — including painting, sculpture, photography, and film, alongside fashion, design, dance, poetry, and ephemera. The exhibition is on view at the Jewish Museum from July 22, 2022 through January 8, 2023.
New York: 1962-1964 is the last project conceived and curated by Germano Celant, the renowned art historian, critic, and curator who passed away in 2020. Celant was approached in 2017 by the Museum to address its influential role in the early 1960s New York art scene during a momentous period in American history. The result is New York: 1962-64, which uses the Jewish Museum's role as the jumping-off point to examine how artists living and working in New York City responded to the events that marked this moment in time. The exhibition and accompanying book have been developed by Studio Celant according to Germano Celant's curatorial vision in close collaboration with the Jewish Museum: Claudia Gould, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director; Darsie Alexander, Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator; Sam Sackeroff, Lerman-Neubauer Associate Curator; and Kristina Parsons, Leon Levy Curatorial Assistant. New York: 1962-1964 is designed by Annabelle Selldorf, Julie Hausch-Fen, and Georgia Read, Selldorf Architects.
During the timeframe explored in this exhibition, epoch-changing events — such as the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962), March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963), and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (1963) — occurred at rapid speed and fundamentally altered the social and political landscape of New York City and the nation more broadly. An unprecedented economic boom broadened the array of consumer goods that were available to shoppers, and an expanding media network introduced new voices into increasingly urgent conversations about race, class, and gender. Emerging in this context, a generation of New York-based painters, sculptors, dancers, filmmakers, and poets rose to prominence, incorporating material directly from their urban surroundings and producing works that were as rich and complex as the city itself.
Programs in conjunction with New York: 1962-1964 include partnerships with Film Forum and Film at Lincoln Center this summer and a range of public programs starting in the fall.
From July 22 to August 11, Film Forum presents 1962... 1963... 1964
, including 36 films showcasing a moment in movie history that saw the last gasps of the Hollywood studio system, some of the best work of veteran filmmakers (David Lean, Luis Bun~uel, Elia Kazan, Alfred Hitchcock), and a cinema reinvigorated by a new generation that included Stanley Kubrick, Federico Fellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Franc¸ois Truffaut, Roman Polanski, Jacques Demy, Sergio Leone and Francis Ford Coppola. Screenings include Dr. Strangelove, Lawrence of Arabia, 8 1/2, Jules and Jim, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, A Hard Day's Night, Cape Fear, Knife in the Water, Contempt, Cleopatra, Diary of a Chambermaid
, and many others.
From July 29 to August 4, Film at Lincoln Center presents New York, 1962-64: Underground and Experimental Cinema
, focusing on this rich period of truly independent cinema, unencumbered by the medium's aesthetic conventions and commercial imperatives. The series features key films by Kenneth Anger, Shirley Clarke, the Kuchar Brothers, Marie Menken, Jonas Mekas, Carolee Schneemann, Jack Smith, Andy Warhol, and others, including Scorpio Rising, Flaming Creatures, The Cool World
, and more.