An exhibition currently on view at the Jewish Museum, Other Primary Structures, prominently features a three-quarter-inch scale model of its 1966 exhibition, Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculptors, complete with miniature artworks. The model depicts the museum as it was in 1966. It was created by part-time faculty member Aurelie Paradiso and a group of students from SCE’s graduate programs in architecture, interior design, and lighting design, and one undergraduate architecture student. Other Primary Structures is a sequel of sorts to the 1966 exhibition, and the model helps visitors envision the experience of that earlier show.
Working with students Ariel Gonzalez Millan (M.Arch ’16), Julia Grunberg (MFA InteriorDesign ’16), Sean Jones (BFA Architectural Design ’16), Brandon Pietras (M.Arch/MFA Lighting Design ’17), Yunong Zhang (MFA Lighting Design ’15), and a team from her professional studio, architect Paradiso designed and constructed the sectional model of the 1966 Jewish Museum building and Primary Structures exhibition. Standing ten feet tall by eight feet wide in the Museum’s second floor Offit Gallery the model serves as the focal point for dialogue between the historic show and the sculptures currently on view. The miniature artworks placed throughout the model were created by Andy Vogt, a San Francisco based artist. A review of the exhibition by Roberta Smith for the New York Times features additional photographs and information.