Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance

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Mind's Eye
Monday, April 12, 6:30 pm
Separate programs presented through Verbal Imaging, Touch, and ASL (with no voice interpreter)
RSVP for upcoming program by e-mailing access@guggenheim.org or calling 212 360 4355.

Curator’s Eye *
Nat Trotman, Associate Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Friday, April 30, 2 pm
Friday, June 11, 2 pm

Jennifer Blessing, Curator of Photography, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Friday, May 21, 2 pm

Conservator’s Eye *
Jeffrey Warda, Associate Conservator, Paper, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Friday, June 18, 2 pm

* Free with museum admission


School and Family Programs

Open House for Educators
Wednesday, April 7, 3:30–6:30 pm
Join us for an afternoon of looking, learning, and mingling. Curriculum materials provided. Free, registration required. E-mail schoolprograms@guggenheim.org or call 212 360 4231 to register.

Family Tour and Workshop: Photography
Sunday, April 18, 11 am–1:30 pm
Explore portraits and landscapes and find inspiration to incorporate family photographs into a mixed-media work of art. All materials included.
For families with children ages 5–10
$30 per family, $20 members, free for family members. Registration required. Call 212 423 3587 to register.

Contemporary Photography and Creative Writing for Educators
Saturday, May 15, 10 am–1 pm
A workshop devoted to using the evocative images in the exhibition to motivate creative writing in the classroom.
$25 includes curriculum materials. Registration required. Call 212 423 3637 to register.


The Elaine Terner Cooper Education Fund Conversations with Contemporary Artists

By using dated, passé, or quasi-extinct stylistic devices, subject matter, and technologies, much contemporary photography and video embodies a melancholic longing for an otherwise irrrecuperable past. Haunted documents this obsession, examining myriad ways photographic imagery is incorporated into recent practice, and in the process underscores the unique power of reproductive media. On the occasion of the exhibition, select artists featured in Haunted discuss the themes of their work. Curators introduce the programs and receptions, including an exhibition viewing, with the artists follow.
$10, $7 members, FREE for students with RSVP

Luis Jacob
Tuesday, April 13, 6:30 pm
Like his predecessors Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, and the artists of the Pictures generation, Luis Jacob (b. 1971, Lima, Peru) appropriates the visual material that surrounds us to reflect on individual and social experience. Installations such as Album IV (2004–05) memorialize a rapidly disappearing world, in this case printed magazines, a media format struggling in the onslaught of the Internet age.

Idris Khan
Wednesday, April 28, 6:30 pm
Idris Khan (b. 1978, Birmingham, England) repeatedly turns to the work of twentieth-century photographers who have explored the notion of the archive. His Homage to Bernd Becher compresses an entire group of the photographs by Bernd and Hilla Becher into a single, multi-layered composition, paying tribute to the sheer labor and singular vision of the original creators while offering a melancholy reminder of the passage of time.

Sarah Charlesworth
Tuesday, May 4, 6:30 pm
Employing a deconstructive technique inspired by Conceptual art and poststructuralist theory, the work of Sarah Charlesworth (b. 1947, East Orange, New Jersey) poses questions about photographic representation and the way history is reconstructed through photographs. In works such as Herald Tribune: November 1977 (1977), for instance, she manipulated prints of newspaper pages to reveal how the news media can shape particular events, which in turn affect the opinions of the viewer.

Walead Beshty
Wednesday, May 26, 6:30 pm

Stan Douglas
Wednesday, June 9, 6:30 pm



Thinking Performance at the Guggenheim
Thursday, June 17, 8 pm (performance)
Friday, June 18, 2 pm (symposium)
Encompassing issues pertaining to site specificity, live action, the place of memory, and the role of the document, focused presentations as well as a performance by Joan Jonas provide an opportunity to think deeply about specific practices in contemporary performance. Featured speakers include artist Marina Abramović; Jennifer Blessing, Curator of Photography, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Assistant Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies and of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University; artist Susan Philipsz; artist Rebecca Schneider; Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and Nat Trotman, Associate Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
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