Past Exhibitions

From the Archives: Artist Awards and Acquisitions, 1956–1987

From the Archives: Artist Awards and Acquisitions, 1956–1987

December 3, 2011–July 16, 2012

This focused presentation provides a compelling historical overview of three award series—the Guggenheim Internationals, the Theodoron Awards, and the Exxon Nationals and Internationals—exhibited at the Guggenheim between 1956 and 1987. The participating artists and resulting acquisitions are highlighted, with accompanying photographs, catalogues, audio and video clips, and ephemeral materials that illuminate the institution’s longstanding support of emerging artists.

Photo of Irene Guggenheim, Vasily Kandinsky, Hilla Rebay, and Solomon R. Guggenheim

A Chronology: The Guggenheim Collection, 1909–1979

February 26–November 27, 2011

In 1937, Solomon R. Guggenheim established a foundation with the goal of opening a museum to publicly exhibit and preserve his holdings of modern art. Since then, the museum’s founding collection has been enhanced through major gifts and purchases from pioneering individuals who share Guggenheim’s spirit. A Chronology: The Guggenheim Collection, 1909–1979 presents a visually dynamic time line of this extraordinary metamorphosis from private collection to public museum.

Learning By Doing

Learning By Doing

May 15–August 23, 2009

In conjunction with Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward, the Sackler Center for Arts Education presented Learning By Doing, an exhibition featuring a selection of models, drawings, and photographs of shelters designed, built, and lived in over the past seven decades by students of Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Arizona and Wisconsin.

Noguchi: The Bollingen Journey 1949-1956

Noguchi: The Bollingen Journey 1949–1956

January 30–April 19, 2009

Organized as a personal travelogue, this exhibition provided insight into world-renowned Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi’s (1904–1988) sustained artistic and personal engagement with Asia. Co-organized by the Noguchi Museum and the Sackler Center for Arts Education.

Catherine Opie Selects: Pictures and Words

Catherine Opie Selects: Pictures and Words

September 26, 2008–January 7, 2009

While celebrated for her role behind the camera, Catherine Opie remains acutely aware of the voices of her subjects, and the diverse readings all images engender. Exploring this circuit of interpretation, Opie selected images from the Guggenheim Museum’s photography collection to present alongside questions about the works’ themes and meanings, inviting museum visitors to respond with stories of their own.

A Life in Pictures: Louise Bourgeois

A Life in Pictures: Louise Bourgeois

June 27–September 12, 2008

An exhibition of images from the artist's personal collection provided an overview of Louise Bourgeois’s biography, illustrating the many intersecting and overlapping roles she has played, including venturesome student, dutiful daughter, loving wife and mother, and maverick artist whose work is ever contemporary and relevant to the times.

Everything is Museum

Everything Is Museum

February 22–May 28, 2008

In 2000, artist Cai Guo-Qiang inaugurated Everything Is Museum, a series of site-specific, community-based MoCAs (museums of contemporary art) that appropriate nonart structures—such as military bunkers and old kilns—for the exhibition of contemporary art.

Hilla Rebay: Arts Educator

Hilla Rebay: Arts Educator

May 20–August 10, 2005 and June 9, 2006–September 19, 2007

When one thinks of Hilla Rebay, the words "artist," "curator," "founder," and "director of the Guggenheim Museum" often come to mind. But her interests and initiatives as an art and museum educator have remained largely unrecognized. Hilla Rebay: Art Educator highlighted some of her remarkably progressive efforts to provide a variety of audiences—from youth and teachers to artists and museum visitors—with opportunities to learn about “non-objective” art, or art without representational links to the material world.

From Concept to Contemplation: David Smith at Work

From Concept to Contemplation: David Smith at Work

February 3–May 14, 2006

In conjunction with David Smith: A Centennial, the Sackler Center’s interpretive exhibition of photographs, sketches, and source material provided insight into the artist’s working methods, how he drew inspiration from multiple sources, and how he viewed his own work in process and outdoors in the landscape.

Reflections: Socialist Realism and Russian Art

Reflections: Socialist Realism and Russian Art

October 5, 2005–January 22, 2006

Socialist Realism was the official style of Soviet art from the mid-1930s until the dissolution of the Soviet Union. It emerged as the result of the state’s efforts to intensify and codify its control over the arts and was charged with transforming the nation’s inhabitants into Soviet citizens—in the words of one of its leading spokesmen, Andrei Zhdanov, effecting the “ideological remolding and education of working people in the spirit of socialism.” Toward this end, Socialist Realist artworks were tasked with the portrayal of the radiant Communist future rather than the actual, often grim conditions of Soviet life.

Keith Haring: New Wave Aztec

Keith Haring: New Wave Aztec

October 22, 2004–February 2, 2005

As a special complement to the exhibition The Aztec Empire, the Sackler Center for Arts Education presented Keith Haring: New Wave Aztec. The exhibition featured a selection of the artist’s drawings, objects, and prints that included many symbols and icons that deeply resonate with the Aztec art on display.

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