PRINT May 2013


the Judd Foundation’s 101 Spring Street

Pediment from 101 Spring Street facade arriving for restoration, Robinson Iron, Alexander City, AL, 2011. © Judd Foundation.


I APPROACHED THE RESTORATION of 101 Spring Street with great excitement but also with a certain trepidation, as I realized how difficult it would be to reconcile its unique qualities of open, unobstructed space; worn and handmade surfaces; and carefully integrated art and furniture with the uniformity demanded by the building codes we would have to meet in order to allow public access. Because I had grown up in the building, I felt we had to proceed with caution: It is a lot of work to engage with the public, and it was never Don’s main intention to do so. His spaces are intimate though expansive, both raw and personal. How do you reconcile the private and domestic with the logic of public access? But this is actually a question that my father’s work continually raises; people have been visiting the spaces in Marfa for some time in an organized way, and that provided a model for us to follow. We have trained a group of twenty guides, all artists who have gone through a rigorous program to learn about Don and his foundation, and set up a regular schedule for individuals and groups to visit 101 Spring Street. The foundation’s sites in Marfa and New York have much to share with each other. Someone who had been to Marfa recently told me that after they saw Don’s work in his spaces they could never see it in the same way again. I hope that visitors to 101 Spring Street walk away with the same feeling.

Rainer Judd is Copresident of the board of directors of the Judd Foundation.