An eye for art: Martha Jackson's new media - new forms exhibition
Bosch, Allison E.
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In 1960 the Martha Jackson Gallery put on an exhibition that was to change the course of art for the ensuing decade. Showcasing Junk Art and Assemblage, art composed of literally discarded objects and garbage, the Neo-Dada movement captured the zeitgeist of the New York art scene as it underwent a radical transition both aesthetically and conceptually. Entitled New Media—New Forms, this pair of exhibitions broke all the rules, laying the groundwork for the uninhibited sixties in which installation, performance, art and life were one and the same. Not often within history can one specific event be credited with such wide-ranging effects, but an analysis of the history and context surrounding New Media—New Forms proves it is an exception. This paper serves to demonstrate the impact that one person - in this case Martha Jackson - can have with a little ingenuity and an "eye" for art.