About the Oral History Project

One of the most influential artists of the 20th Century, Donald Judd shared his creative vision and process with those working around him, including assistants, fabricators, friends, dealers, and many of the most prominent artists, scholars and collectors of the time. These individuals each have unique and invaluable perspectives into Judd's artistic philosophy and working method. Judd Foundation's Oral History Project documents the collective breadth of knowledge that these individuals possess.

The Oral History Project is one way that Judd Foundation expands our understanding of Donald Judd--by recording undocumented perspectives on Judd's practice and by preserving the voices of the creative communities of which Judd was a part, in Marfa, Texas and in SoHo, New York. Since the project began in 2006, Judd Foundation has interviewed 85 individuals whose vivid anecdotes and personal reflections are an invaluable addition to the current historical record of the artist. The Foundation endeavors to make the material available for public viewing in various formats and through the Archives, which are now being catalogued to allow public access in the future.

About Marfa Voices

Marfa Voices, a short documentary film created in 2007 by Judd's daughter, Rainer, portrays an intimate and unique view of the artist. A graduate of New York University in Film, Ms. Judd has worked with directors such as Francis Coppola and Gus van Sant, both in front of and behind the camera. She became co-executor of the Judd Estate in 1994. In 1996, she became a founding trustee of Judd Foundation and now serves, with her brother, Flavin Judd, as Co-President of the Board of Directors. The film, Marfa Voices, which Ms. Judd co-directed with filmmaker and oral historian Karen Bernstein, features excerpts from these interviews. The result is a collection of vivid anecdotes and personal reflections by Marfa residents who have special connections to Judd's artistic practice, as well as his life as a townsperson for nearly 20 years.

For more information, please contact Director of Programs Michele F. Saliola at 212.219.2747 x.1002 or

Judd Foundation is pleased to present Marfa Voices and a selection of interviews from the Oral History Project that focus on Judd's life in New York:

Marfa Voices
Brice Marden
Giorgio Deluca
Lawrence Weiner
Rupert Deese